Working with Young Adults means working with relationships. It means listening to hurting hearts and disappointed expectations. It means being excited for upcoming marriages, and encouraging those that feel that marriage has passed them by. Ultimately it so often means pointing hearts to the Great Doctor of the Soul, King Jesus. It means that when those exciting times come to help each other keep focused on Him. As well as when hurt and pain comes, to point to Him as the only ultimate source of joy and love.
I am currently re-reading, “Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating” by Richard and Sharon Phillips. This is a good book that deals with dating in a gospel centered way. More than likely at The Well in January we are going to spend a few weeks talking about dating, relationships and the Gospel and a lot will come from this book. If you are a young adult wondering about dating I really encourage you to pick this book up.
Here is a great quote found in the introduction that I have sadly seen to ring so true recently:
“More harm comes to many of us through dating than in any other way. According to the world, dating is a way for singles to enjoy the comforts and pleasures of the opposite sex. If marriage is in the picture at all, then dating is a tryout for a potential partner. The idea is to start living as if you were married and see how things go. If one isn’t finding fulfillment in the other person, the you can simply break up and move on. It’s not much different from finding the right pair of shoes. At least you can have some fun along the way, or so it goes.” (“Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating” by Richard and Sharon Phillips, pg 14)
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