June 9, 2021
It is often assumed that ‘purity’ is a particular concern for singles and that it means abstaining from sex until marriage, but the NT presents a call to everyone to be pure.
Read and discuss the following:
Discuss what purity means for marrieds as well as singles. Identify some specific ways in which married people should keep their marriages pure, and identify some ways that single people can be pure, and remain pure.
2. Views of marriage vs singleness.
Discuss feedback from Mark’s sermon including the following.
There are 35 single women, 22 single men which equals one third of churchatpv adult membership.
1. Single before marriage,
2. Single after marriage.
What are some reasons people are single? How should those who don’t want to be, view singleness when they may feel some of the following….
3. Discuss lessons from a single woman unable to find a suitable partner.
a. Pain is part of the deal of living in a fallen world- but remember that God will achieve His good purposes through you.
b. Don’t let your need for companionship make you forget your greatest need, which is knowing Christ. Marriage is not the ultimate loving relationship, but a reflection of that which is.
c. Despite common perceptions, your married friends are not necessarily in relationship paradise. Think of their situation as “different” not “better”.
d. When you are feeling needy, keep on giving.
e. Do a David! In Psalm 55 David pours out his heart to God while expressing his trust in Him.
4. Matt. 19:1-12 is primarily about divorce and remarriage but at the end of the passage, Jesus talks about eunuchs – usually men – who were single because of a physical impairment resulting from a birth defect or war, but there were also some who had chosen to remain single for the sake of the kingdom. In 1 Cor. 7:25-35 Paul gives some reasons for staying single. What are these reasons? Are they still relevant for us today and should we encourage people to follow them? Why or why not?
5. In the sermon, it was suggested that everyone expresses their sexuality through emotional and social interactions with other people (both men and women) but that only married couples can engage in erotic and physical expressions of sexuality (i.e. having sex), which leaves singles wondering whether there is any way that they can express their sexuality in a physical way. If sexuality can be expressed in emotional and social ways, is it necessary to also express it in a physical way? In what ways can sexuality be expressed physically besides the act of sex?
6. What is the difference (if any) between a ‘Christian single’ and a ‘single Christian’? What part of each term is determinative and what part is descriptive? Do you see a benefit in using one term over the other?
7. It was suggested in the sermon that:
Discuss this suggestion. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
8. What are the implications of the sermon’s message for you personally?
If you are married:
If you are single:
9. Mark’s closing words: Sunday Service, 6th June 2021 – YouTube 1:28:00 – 1:33:00