SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2021, 10:00 AM - ONLINE ONLY
REAL RELATIONSHIPS with April Yamasaki, Singleness and Marriage
Our returning guest speaker for the first few months of 2021 is April Yamasaki. She will be leading us in the discovery of Real Relationships through Friendship, Singleness and Marriage, and Family. April Yamasaki writes on spiritual growth and Christian living both online and in print publications, including Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Redbud Post, Godspace, Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Leader, and Rejoice! Her books include On the Way with Jesus; Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength; and Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal.
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Real Relationships Series with April Yamasaki
January 24: Forging Friendship in a Lonely World
February 28: Honouring Singleness and Marriage
March 28: Valuing Family
Give honour to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.
You must not commit adultery.
You must not covet your neighbour’s wife…or anything else that belongs to your
DON'T SEXUALIZE OR OBJECTIFY YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
This at last is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh!
COMMIT FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Let no one split apart what God has joined together.
MARRIAGE ISN'T FOR EVERYONE
Matthew 19:11-12, The Message
Jesus was single.
I wish everyone were single, just as I am. Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another.
1 Corinthians 7:7
God gives the gift of the single life to some, the gift of the married life to others.
1 Corinthians 7:7, The Message
Don’t determine value according to marital status.
Don’t equate marriage with maturity.
Do treat single people as whole people.
I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
1 Corinthians 7:35
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
with all your strength.
Love your neighbour as yourself.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION