Dating in the church

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The foundation for a good marriage is laid long before the wedding ceremony. Before parents allow dating, they should teach and encourage their children to follow biblical standards rather than turning them loose to do whatever comes naturally.

When we first begin dating, it should be for the purpose of social development-that is, learning about the opposite sex and the many differences in human personality, values and temperament.

One writer finds out the surprising reasons, and what those mean for all the single ladies..."I've only gone out with a couple of girls at church, and I won't do it anymore," says Luke*, a 40-year-old Christian man living in Southern California.

"At this point, I'm happily resigned to not ask a girl out at church ever again."This was one of the first statements I heard from the group of four Christian men I interviewed last week—and we'll just call them Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

“Ooh, Hopeful Girl,” said a woman at my church, bustling over after communion. A mere whiff of romance starts the tongues wagging – and then the questions begin.

“Who was that good-looking young man I saw you with at the All Souls service? ” A service to commemorate the dead wouldn’t be my first choice for a date, but that was beside the point. For a private person, the invasion can be unbearable.

A spiritual community where everyone knows and supports each other is a wonderful thing, but it can be our undoing when it comes to dating.We’ll share with you some frank answers about the consequences of premarital sex and popular myths about sex.And finally, we’ll share some advice given by people who have committed their lives to godly dating.Christian Connection runs regular events where you can meet other single Christians in a fun, relaxed environment.You can also discover local events near you on our free dating meetup board, or create your own meetup!It's easy and free, and as you gain the confidence you can follow it up with a message. Our dedicated, award-winning support team are only a quick email away should you need help.

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