How To Handle Being Single & Christian

Dr. Norman R Wise

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Where we are going •Historical Perspective on Singleness in 2021Biblical Reflection on SinglenessTemptations, Trials, and Testing of being SingleThe Power & Potential of being Single in 2021Questions & Answers

Historical Reflection on Singleness
ØMost marriages in history were arranged marriages and therefore singleness was rare.   Singleness many times came for the first time at the death of the spouse. ØCourting was a type of half/way between arranged marriages and still demanded the approval of parents. Ø55% of marriages today globally are arranged marriages (4% divorce compared with 40% for marriages based on dating) ØDating as we know it there began in the “Roaring Twenties” and is still a social experiment.  Ø31% are single, 7% are living together Ø

Single people live together now

Biblical Reflections
on Singleness

[Mat 19:11-12 NASB20] 11 But He said to them, “Not all men [can] accept this statement, but [only] those to whom it has been given. 12 “For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by people; and there are [also] eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept [this,] let him accept [it.]”

Paul’s Teaching

[1Co 7:7-9, 32 NASB20] 7 Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each has his own gift from God, one in this way, and another in that. 8 But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. 9 But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn [with passion.] … 32 But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;

Types of Singleness ØTemporary Singleness before Marriage ØA Calling to be Single

In Doubt?  Day in Prayer

Temptations, Trials, & Temptations

[1Co 7:1-2, 9 NLT] 1 Now regarding the questions you asked in your letter. Yes, it is good to abstain from sexual relations. 2 But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband. … 9 But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust. ØLoneliness ØLife Support ØLife Companion ØLegacy of Children

Power & Potential ØWhen I know how to be a sane, stable, sober, and spiritual single & am content being single then I am best prepared to be married. ØWhen I am single, I can fully devote myself to missionary work, church ministries, education, and defining our calling

Question & Answers