I’ve heard that some of the young people at Faith Church have been wondering when Relationship Month will be over! It’s been a lot of talk about marriage, separation, divorce, remarriage, which are topics they are apparently not too concerned about. I was hoping that at least some of what we talked about would be helpful to them! Maybe it will as the years go by.
BUT, this coming Sunday will be different. This will be a sermon specifically for the single people. Does that mean the married people need not attend? NO! Here’s why: if you are married, have you ever given thought to how you treat singles? Do you disrespect them? Do you marginalize them and treat them as some kind of special interest group with a problem that needs to be fixed?
Surely not, you say?
But maybe you do that more than you realize. If you’re married, this is not a sermon for you to check your brains at the door. Being a married person myself I recognize my inadequacy of speaking to singles. So I did some digging on singles, and I found out about John Stott, a well-known pastor and theologian who never married and lived into his 90s. Stott is a man who has clearly thought deeply on the subject. I also found that a number of books about singleness from a Christian perspective have been written. I contacted one our EC pastors/missionaries, Ken Sears, who is single. His response was so thoughtful and helpful, filled with angles of thought that I never considered, that I suggested he publish it. I’ll be sharing some thoughts from these two men.
And most of all we’ll take a look at what Paul says in our ongoing study of 1st Corinthians 7. A few weeks ago I said that marriage is GOOD. But what about singleness? Is it okay if a single person wants to get married? Is it okay if a single person is not happy being single? Is it possible that a person can be single and happy? That they can be single and have a very content relationship with God and others?
Are you single? Maybe you’ve been wondering about some of these things. Maybe you’ve been yearning to be married? Maybe you’ve wondered if you’ll never get married, and if something is wrong with you. Maybe you’re wondering what God wants for you.
I think you’ll find Paul and the other single people I’ve talked with have a lot to say that could be helpful. How about joining us Sunday at 9:30am?