Relationships are messy, and you may have a lot of questions. In this seminar Matt and Julia Bradner will answer 4 big questions about relationships.
Paul and Samm Poteat give us perspective on the need to see God as greater than all things, even in relationships. God has made us for something greater and we were not meant to be satisfied by anything other than him. They then give two main ideas for dating:
Community is your context for your relationship
Let the gospel be what grounds you
Paul and Samm also give some practical ways to fight for holiness in your relationship:
Make your life about knowing Jesus and His gospel
Develop strong friendships with your gender
Develop strong relationships with the opposite gender, especially in group context
Seek council again and continually
Unfortunately this audio was corrupted, but the Poteats did the same talk a few years ago. You can listen to the talk here.
Reid and Nikki share their story and Biblical principles for relationships.
Five Guidelines Healthy for Dating
1. The point of dating is marriage - are you ready to get married? If not, maybe avoid dating for a while.
2. The bible calls us to community - dating in isolation can be dangerous
(Hebrews 10:24-25, Proverbs 18:1)
3. Be clear about your attentions - both the guy and the girl
Genesis 3:6 - warns against male passivity.
Genesis 3:16 - warns against desires for control and manipulation
4. How to pace a relationship
The emotional, spiritual and physical parts of the relationship should all slowly grow equally.
But the bible clearly warns about saving sex for marriage, fight to live in community and in the light with the physical parts of dating.
5. Both of you must have an understanding of the Gospel