In the next few days...we'll look at a few helps on teen dating... ) Let me just share this little bit of advice with you again... Notice this covers everything not just teen dating... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. In fact the passage doesn't say anything at all about marriage. Don't get me wrong..long as you live with your parents... Verse two isn't just for children...it's for everybody..adults. When Paul wrote this, he was quoting from the Ten Commandments. He's put your parents where they are as your...parents!
But there are definitely relationship principles in the Bible that can help us figure out what's right and wrong in this messed up world. for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. That verse is age specific about "children" obeying their parents. When that happens...verse one changes in application to Ephesians 6:2. That doesn't mean they'll always be right..then you need to leave that up to God.
But this storm is as real and destructive as any of those we talked about above. Yeah, I know the Bible doesn't have the word "dating" in it. The way you do things now in your dating relationship will influence the way you react to the one you marry. Which leads us to our first principle on teen dating. God's Word clearly tells us to stay away from close relationships with unbelievers. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? Dating shouldn't mean "mini-marriage." You aren't really married, so don't act like it. If this isn't enough to convince you, then look at what the Bible says about it. If you look in your Bible...you'll notice I didn't quote verse one (1.) The reason...? You're "young adults." And some day, you're going to move out on your own..from under your parents authority..live your own life.
How can Christians think differently about this pervasive issue in media and culture? The answer to that last question is "not well." Surveys consistently indicate that professing Christians behave almost exactly like non-Christians in terms of sexual involvement outside of marriage (in both percentage of people involved and how deeply involved they are — how far they're going), living together before marriage, and infidelity and divorce after marriage.Indeed, the central issue we need to confront — and the reason I write and speak on this topic — is that when it comes to dating and relationships, perhaps more than in any other area of the everyday Christian life, the church is largely indistinguishable from the world.TARGET AGES: 10-14 OBJECTIVE: To understand that dating leads to marriage (a relationship that mirrors Christ’s love for us), so we should seek God’s guidance before starting a relationship.MAIN IDEA: Dating is not a decision to be taken lightly.Hand out the bible verses to different kids to find ahead of time in their bible so that they are ready to read them when prompted by you after each skit. After both skits and the final verses are read, break up into small groups of 4 6 youth if possible.
Give actors and readers time to read over their lines so they are comfortable with the material. If there is only one leader, just hold an open discussion with the group. God’s word gives us criteria for dating and marriage, although singleness is also a calling.Our devotion and love for God should always come before our affection for others.SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: Introduction (5 minutes) OPENING PRAYER: “God, give us the willingness to follow your will when it comes to dating, and help us to accept what the bible says about relationships.Amen.” PREVIOUS LESSON REVIEW: Say, “Last week we discussed what the bible says about homosexuality. I want to make sure you undestand how I set this thing up. Paul is talking about an "emotional fire." I guess you could call it a "fire of passion." Touching in an attempt to get your girlfriend or boyfriend "in the mood" isn't acceptable Christian behavior. The world has no problem starting "fires of passion." But we aren't like the world.