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Principles of God’s Word govern relationship (-13, 4:1-10)6.Purity till marriage (; saving its blessings till the covenant commitment) Resources for Further Study: Audio (GCBC website version of these notes have hyperlinks to online messages): Rick Gregory, “Dating, Courting & Biblical Relationships for Young Adults” (GCBC BUM Conference, 2009)Rick Holland, “Ten Principles for a God-Centered Relationship” Pt 1 and Pt 2 (Grace Community, 9-2005)Mitch Lush, “Dating & Courting Seminar” – very good and balanced series (Trinity Baptist Church in NJ 1999)Jim Newheiser, “Courtship and Dating” message (Grace Bible Church, Escondido, CA) Steve Fernandez, Parenting series: “Principles of Biblical Dating” (Community Bible Church, Vallejo 2005)Jeffrey Smith, “A Biblical Approach to Dating” (Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, South Carolina, 1998) Print Bibliography (helpful contributions to the subject)Elisabeth Elliott, Dating – 20th century Western cultural, casual, or recreational “going out,” generally as follows: - often begins among young, teen school-children nowhere near marriage and with no intent of marriage (up to 10 yrs or so before average marrying age) for fun, feelings, fulfilling youth’s desires- based largely on outward attraction, and if interest is mutual, the two may quickly skip friendship stage to boyfriend / girlfriend stage or “going steady” relationships which consume life, energies, focus, time (taking him/her away from family, serving, church, etc.), often idolatrously [see Col.-26]- guided mostly by self, youth cultural norms and expectations, with little to no parental involvement, insight, oversight, approval or even advice sought early and during the relationship, though at least meeting and minimally interacting with father and family may occur, often after the couple already has progressed romantically, emotionally, perhaps even physically to some degree- eventually when (if?) a young man settles down to commit to his serious girlfriend, and is at or near marriageable age and the next stage of life, he prepares to propose, and a girl’s parents finally at this point may be informed of his intentions at the end of the process, asking at least for token approval- with little to no input from godly mentors or church leaders sought previously, as the couple makes arrangements for the wedding, final plans include finding a pastor so they can get married, leaving a little time for premarital counseling as a formality since some pastors require it to perform a wedding – a mature relationship of man and woman both under the headship of Christ and the daughter ideally under the loving headship (provision, protection) of her father until given by him at a wedding, at which point her covenant headship and loving leadership is transferred to her husband:1.Courtship or Dating, Part 4: Purpose and Purity in Relationships Pastor Phil Layton, Gold Country Baptist Church, Jan.31, 2010 ( Introductory Observations of what God blessed in Ruth and Boaz’s relationship:1.
The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.While these relationships are an exciting time for Christian teens, they also come with their own issues and hazards.Suddenly the issues of sex and boundaries start to arise, and teens find themselves having to choose sides on "hot button" topics like homosexuality and abortion.3:5]- typically young adult to adulthood journey includes a series of romantic relationships with someone else’s future spouse since most of these don’t end in marriage [but see 1 Cor.-7:4]- varying levels of emotional awakening and stirring of passions and feelings and giving of hearts and sharing intimate expressions verbally and eventually often physically (kissing, “making out,” caressing, sometimes even further sexually) with consequences including significant emotional and spiritual toll upon the young people when relationships come to an end- frequently seeks and savors some of the privileges of marriage without its covenant commitment or love that dies to self rather than pleases self, and seeks the other’s best interest [Eph.
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