SCRIPTURE ON SINGLENESS
Human marriage is vitally important, but it’s not permanent nor is it the only place where humans fully image God.
Given the cultural climate in the United States, it’s surprising to see how positively Paul speaks about being single.
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.
As you shepherd those longing for a spouse, don’t miss the opportunity to listen, to comfort, and to speak truth in love.
A basic distinction between fact and interpretation is helpful when pastoring discontented singles.
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.
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.
Even the best things in life cannot fill a human being’s need for companionship.
As you are preaching through the Scriptures and thinking about applying the text, you might consider whether your text addresses questions like these.
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
We live in a society whose only route to true intimacy has become the joy of sex.
Singleness, Same-Sex Attraction, and the Church: A Conversation with Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher YuanBy 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.
How are the families in your church are doing at loving single people? Do they strive to fold single people into their lives?
Here are a few comments intended to encourage you to fold single-adult friends into your special family events.
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
Does “husband of one wife” disqualify single men from serving as elders?
How can a single pastor build a constructive counseling ministry in the context of the local church?
Jonathan sits down with Mark to ask him questions from our new Journal: Pastoring Singles.
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.