Talk about the dangers of lust (checking each other out). Girl magazines have pages called "eye candy" with half naked guys.
You can't walk through a grocery store check out line or downs the aisles of a convenience store without some adult trying to convince you to lust. Talk about the dangers of pornography - not only to those who use it but also to those who work in the industry.
One thing they need to watch for, according to pastor Darren Carrington, is “counterfeit” Christians.
The former NFL player advises his own kids to look for a godly partner who’s “actively growing in Christ.” This is different, he says, from someone who merely attends church.
There are some rather obvious tips like praying for each other in your daily devotions, encouraging each other to read the Scriptures, setting appropriate boundaries (emotional, spiritual, and so on), and pursuing sexual holiness. These devotions together can develop into a couple-centered spirituality that begins to replace the church-centered relationship with God that the New Testament actually prescribes.
But aside from that, there's no real, hard-and-fast rules about this sort of thing. No, if you want your significant other to actually grow with Christ you will encourage each other to regularly worship because you want them to: 1. I don't have the kind of space necessary to speak of the manifold benefits of sitting under regular preaching, but I'll list a few. At the same time, it's important to recognize that the corporate gathering of the people of God, in receiving the supper and lifting our voices in song, prepares and shapes the desires of our hearts to focus on God throughout the whole week.
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We're here to talk about how great, meaningful, loving, and godly sex can be - when done under the right conditions. When someone is raped they don't just experience physical pain. I asked one of my Juniors when they were planning on having sex and they said, "I'm not sure... probably when I'm 22." We got to have an awesome dialogue about God's expectations for his sex life.
In an interview with the Christian Post, Carrington says it’s essential for parents to model what a “loving, imperfect, fun marriage” looks like.
He also recommends that parents talk to their kids about dating by age 13, because society is now so fast-paced.
You want to lay this on thick and protect them from feeling condemnation.
We're not here to talk about why people shouldn't have sex.
Still, over the years I've come to see that there is key mark of a maturing relationship centered and continually centering itself on Christ: both of you are absolutely committed to each other's involvement in the local church. First, it convicts of sin and humbles us before Christ. If for no other reason than avoiding the danger of your significant other turning your own relationship (or you!