SCRIPTURE ON SINGLENESS

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Can a Single Person Fully Image God?

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Human marriage is vitally important, but it’s not permanent nor is it the only place where humans fully image God.

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Did Paul Prefer Singleness?

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Given the cultural climate in the United States, it’s surprising to see how positively Paul speaks about being single.

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How Did Paul Pastor Singles?

By Frank Thielman | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 7 that singleness is not a predicament that needs to be addressed, an emergency that needs attention, or a problem that needs to be solved.

PASTORING SINGLES

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9 Ways to Pastor Those Longing for Marriage

By Matt Smethurst | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

As you shepherd those longing for a spouse, don’t miss the opportunity to listen, to comfort, and to speak truth in love.

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Pastoring Discontented Singles

By Jeremy Pierre | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

A basic distinction between fact and interpretation is helpful when pastoring discontented singles.

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7 Dos and Don’ts of Discipling Singles

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.22.2017

Here are seven simple things we can do—and not do!—so singles in our midst know we love them and respect them as fellow image-bearers of God.

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Singleness in Modern Culture

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Vocation and service: two major areas of life that are often neglected in the pulpit, but that help the people of God find purpose and hope in this fallen, often lonely world.

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A Gospel-Centered Framework for Ministering to Lonely People

By DW | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Even the best things in life cannot fill a human being’s need for companionship.

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Diagnostic Questions for Ministering to Singles

By Mary Willson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

As you are preaching through the Scriptures and thinking about applying the text, you might consider whether your text addresses questions like these.

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Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?: A Biblical Theology

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.13.2017

When you’re married to a non-Christian, you sing: “I want this song to be about Jesus,” while your spouse sings, “It’s just you and me.” There can be no ultimate harmony.

SINGLES AND THE CHURCH

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Redefining Intimacy

By Ed Shaw | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

We live in a society whose only route to true intimacy has become the joy of sex.

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Singleness, Same-Sex Attraction, and the Church: A Conversation with Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher Yuan

By C. Yuan, R. Butterfield, S. Allberry | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher Yuan answer questions on same-sex attraction, singleness, and the church.

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Folding Singles into Family in the Life of the Church

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

How are the families in your church are doing at loving single people? Do they strive to fold single people into their lives?

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Using the Holidays to Host Singles

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Here are a few comments intended to encourage you to fold single-adult friends into your special family events.

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Reforming College Dating through Discipleship

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Older men in the church can help college men develop a God-honoring approach to dating by encouraging them to imitate godly examples, embrace biblical values, and involve the church.

THE SINGLE PASTOR

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Can Single Men Serve as Elders?

By Andy Davis | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Does “husband of one wife” disqualify single men from serving as elders?

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Single Pastors, Biblical Counseling, and the Local Church

By Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

How can a single pastor build a constructive counseling ministry in the context of the local church?

OTHER RESOURCES

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Episode 6: On Pastoring Singles

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.21.2017

Jonathan sits down with Mark to ask him questions from our new Journal: Pastoring Singles.

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Sunday School Curriculum: Singleness and Courtship

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Capitol Hill Baptist Church offers a 13-week Sunday School course on singleness and courtship for free on its website. You can find all the manuscripts here.

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Sermon: A Biblical Theology of Singleness

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Charles Hedman, a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, preached a sermon on a biblical theology of singleness. You can listen to that sermon here.

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