Is Marriage for Me?
So, are you single and looking? Great news! For every 89 single men in America, there are 100 single women. 102 million singles are in the US making up nearly 45% of all adults. Translation, THERE IS HOPE SOMEONE IS OUT THERE FOR YOU! But, before we go any further with a few thoughts on dating we need to be honest with each other. If dating someone has consumed your thoughts, kept your life on hold, or is all your friends say you talk about, then you need a priority adjustment before you move forward with dating.
Having a relationship with God is priority number one in your life regardless of your relationship status. As a single adult, you have the ability to have an amazing relationship with the one who created you before ever bringing someone else into your life. Just like Adam in the garden, you need to have a strong relationship with God first before bringing another person into the mix. Who you are in Christ before you marry will be who are to your spouse when you are married. Simply stated, who you are now is who you will be when you are married. So make that the best person you can be and know who you are before taking the next step to find a companion.
When it comes to dating advice we will keep it short and sweet. Don’t say you love someone until you mean it like 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Online dating is fine to meet someone as long as you meet them in person shortly after to avoid possible complications. So use online dating like you would getting set-up by a friend on a date, but go on the date in person. Dating is important. At the core of dating is a journey to find your possible spouse. Take it slow and don’t make a lifelong commitment out of a short term relationship. Make sure to see people at their worst and best to see if that’s something you want to pursue long term. Lastly, remain sexually pure through dating. This can be a struggle for most, and that is why Paul says to get married if you burn with passion. Don’t push the physical limits to see what is a sin. Instead of testing the limit, try to stay away from it and honor God.
Number of unmarried men 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women in the United States in 2011.
Number of unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2011. This group comprised 44.1 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.
Number of households maintained by unmarried men and women in 2011. These households comprised 46 percent of households nationwide.
Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2011 who had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed.
TFO’s Statement on Marriage
Table for One Ministries’ mission is to build community for single adults through discipleship. Our ministry focus is on ministering to singles and helping them to fully realize their completeness in Christ. Yet we also affirm the importance of marriage and believe that being complete in Christ is not just for singles, but for marriages as well. Additionally, while we desire to help churches reach and minister to the ever growing single population, we want to acknowledge the importance of marriage in God’s redemptive plan for this world.
We affirm that biblical marriage is established by God as a life-long covenant between one man and one woman. Marriage is intended to be the perfect example of Christ’s relationship with his church and living example of the gospel of forgiveness, grace and mercy. The marriage relationship provides the only acceptable channel for physical intimacy between a man and woman. Additionally, marriage is God’s plan for the procreation of mankind and is vital to fulfilling His will for both mankind and his kingdom.
We believe in the institution of marriage and yet we recognize that there are many Christians who are single for numerous reasons. Our goal is to help singles to continue to grow and to desire a deep and intimate relationship with Christ now, regardless of their marital or relational status.
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“But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” – 1 Corinthians 7:9 Marriage is more than a fix for sexual desires. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul addresses marriage to the married, single, widowed and divorced adults. In light of the above passage, how […]
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Table for One Ministries’ mission is to build community for single adults through discipleship. Our ministry focus is helping singles to fully realize their completeness in Christ. Yet we also affirm the importance of marriage and believe that being Complete in Christ is not just for singles, but for married individuals as well. Additionally, while […]
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At Table for One Ministries we are comprised of seminary professors, ministers, doctoral students, and lay leaders passionate about reaching singles. We also have done ministry for decades and know that even the most seasoned of leaders can use a helping hand sometimes. Our Ministry wants to help you get the tools you need to reach singles in your area. We offer that in the following ways:
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