The Dating Game - Week 4 (Feb. 24th)
- by ANCC
Introduction & Review
Our bottom lines thus far: 1) Commitment cultivates attraction 2) Curb your compulsion for completion 3) You were made for a relationship with God.
We all follow rules when it comes to relationships. You just may have never identified them. One of the rules that we just accept without thinking about its implications is this one: Happy wife happy _______ .
Example Bible Reference Title
Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
A Better Rule
In light of God's Word, we can clarify that rule as follows: Humble ______, happy ______ .
The Context for Today's Passage
2 Corinthians 5:16-19 ESV
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Our Verse for Today
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 ESV
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
There are a few words in this verse that only happen here. Because of that, they are hard to translate. One of them is "yoked together." How do we define it, and who are "unbelievers" non-Christians?
Change of Heart
You're entitled to your opinion, but does the Bible speak to dating non-Christians in this verse?
The answer to the poll above, no matter how many people vote for one option, is: The Bible DOES NOT address the matter of dating non-Christians in this verse. That's not the point, and because of that we've lost some people.