Ancient Israel was warned not to intermarry with the nations around them lest their heart be turned from Him (Deuteronomy 7:3-4 11:9: “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” 1. : There is an endless list of good ideas for a date. (For one, consider I Corinthians .) 2:3-4: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Can you think of ways we can act responsibly on dates? Doing them with parents of one or more on the date will lessen the pressure and temptations that would occur if dating alone. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” 2. (: Respect for one another should rule over all else. When, if ever, do you think it is good to have a chaperone? Those who enjoy sports will want to participate in or watch sports; those who like to visit places could choose to see historical sites, attend fairs, go on picnics, etc.; those who like to just chat, may find going to a fast-food restaurant or coffeehouse where conversation is lively to be immense fun; those who enjoy learning about the world may want to attend cultural events, participate in a book discussion, explore a museum; those who like to be involved may choose to collectively take part in church or school projects or an environmental work party. What is the one warning that the above verse gives about choice of activity? God says that dating should be conducted in an honorable way reflecting holiness. Everyone likes to feel that they fit in and that others like their company. As an added bonus to group dating, if we act responsibly on group dates our parents will probably feel more comfortable in allowing us to date in the future.
By Kelli Mahoney Christian teens form all kinds of relationships.
From friendships to dating, these are the years that Christian teens start building ties outside of the family.
While these relationships are an exciting time for Christian teens, they also come with their own issues and hazards.
Here we see that God desires for men and women to develop relationships leading to marriage. : Because we will likely live with a mate in marriage and within a community around us, God wants us to learn how to live in harmony with others.
In this Bible study we will learn ways God wants us to develop Christian relationships through dating.
God has given us laws and wise policies to insure peace and enjoyable, uplifting relationships. 4:1-2: “Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.” 5. : Parents are the people who know you best and always have your best interests at heart.
In our culture, dating is a means to learn how to relate socially with that half of the population that is of the opposite gender. What are some rules your parents have regarding dating? Keep this in mind when they discuss dating rules (such as curfew), and when they give answers or counsel to questions pertaining strictly to you alone such as, when you can start dating, how often to date, and when you are mature enough to begin dating one-on-one.
Dating is also a means of getting to know someone better. It's been said that common dating practices today prepare one for divorce. : In early adolescence, group dating can help girls and guys get used to doing things together on a social level. What do the following proverbs teach us about whom to date and not to date?
Courtship is that final phase before marriage when a man and a woman are lead to courtship, and courtship will include dating, but dating need not have romantic overtones. Why doesn't modern dating promote healthy relationships? This usually allows everyone to feel more relaxed around one another before guys and girls start dating one-on-one. Why do you think counselors recommend dating many different people? Would it be wise to date someone not of the same faith? Does it matter if not everyone included on a group date is of the same faith? What are some things you should know about a person before dating him or her? Proverbs tells us to be extremely careful about our affections. In what ways does God figure into your dating practices?
It can be just companionship in a mutually pleasing activity. Do you think some teens sometimes confuse dating with courtship? What are the advantages to dating many people before dating one person? We humans are often prone to give our heart away too easily.
I : “Do not be deceived: ' Evil company corrupts good habits.'” 4. That being so, it is wise not to date someone whose character or faith will lead you away from God and His way of life. What are some activities that you would like to do on a date?