If marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency. Much of what we commonly assume about singleness—that it is primarily about the absence of good things like intimacy, family, or meaningful ministry—is either flat-out untrue or, at the very least, shouldn’t be true. To be single, we often think, is to be alone and spiritually hindered. But the Bible paints a very different picture of singleness: it is a positive gift and blessing from God. This book seeks to help Christians—married and unmarried alike—value singleness as a gift from God so that we can all encourage singles to take hold of the unique opportunities their singleness affords and see their role in the flourishing of the church as a whole.
Themelios is an international, evangelical, peer-reviewed theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. Themelios is published three times a year online at The Gospel Coalition (http://thegospelcoalition.org/themelios/) and in print by Wipf and Stock. Its primary audience is theological students and pastors, though scholars read it as well. Themelios began in 1975 and was operated by RTSF/UCCF in the UK, and it became a digital journal operated by The Gospel Coalition in 2008. The editorial team draws participants from across the globe as editors, essayists, and reviewers. General Editor: D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Managing Editor: Brian Tabb, Bethlehem College and Seminary Consulting Editor: Michael J. Ovey, Oak Hill Theological College Administrator: Andrew David Naselli, Bethlehem College and Seminary Book Review Editors: Jerry Hwang, Singapore Bible College; Alan Thompson, Sydney Missionary & Bible College; Nathan A. Finn, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Hans Madueme, Covenant College; Dane Ortlund, Crossway; Jason Sexton, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary Editorial Board: Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School Lee Gatiss, Wales Evangelical School of Theology Paul Helseth, University of Northwestern, St. Paul Paul House, Beeson Divinity School Ken Magnuson, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Jonathan Pennington, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary James Robson, Wycliffe Hall Mark D. Thompson, Moore Theological College Paul Williamson, Moore Theological College Stephen Witmer, Pepperell Christian Fellowship Robert Yarbrough, Covenant Seminary
Not every lie sounds untrue. Some lies are repeated so often they seem to be common sense. That's why lies about God are so dangerous. The Gospel According to Satan examines eight lies the enemy wants us to believe and provides eight lines of counterattack against them. The lies include: God just wants you to be happy; you only live once you need to live your truth; and just let go and let God. Jared C. Wilson reveals why these lies appeal to us, shows how they harm us, and provides ways to counteract them. We can renounce Satan's counterfeit gospel, but first we must see it for what it is. "Enumerates the major ways the Devil uses his cunning and calculating ways of luring us off the narrow road of God's grace. We will all do well to read this book and confront the lies we are being sold."--Kyle Idleman, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church and author of Not a Fan and Don’t Give Up "A unique, compelling, and even witty look at the devil's current greatest hits--lies we urgently need to unmask." --Sam Allberry, speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and author of 7 Myths About Singleness and Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? "One of the most thought-provoking writers in the Christian world today... He doesn’t just describe the tantalizing falsehoods of our age, he exposes how they've slithered into our hearts."--Matt Smethurst, managing editor at The Gospel Coalition and author of Before You Open Your Bible
BIBLICAL GUIDANCE AND ADVICE ON CHRISTIAN DATING. This is one of the few books on Christian dating that offers a BIBLICAL action plan for Christian singles. It cuts past all of the common myths and misconceptions out there that are being fed to Christian singles, and it goes straight into the Bible. How did people in the BIBLE find a husband or wife? What advice on Christian dating does the BIBLE give? What principles does the BIBLE give to help single Christians in their search? QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN SINGLES1) Are you WAITING for God to send someone that He created just for you into your life in His perfect timing?2) Are you WAITING to find someone "compatible" with you?3) Are you WAITING to "hear from God" before you marry?4) Are you WAITING to find contentment in your singleness or "savor your singleness" before you get married?Chances are that you would have answered yes to at least one of those questions. All of these are myths. ALL OF THEM! That is precisely why we titled our book "I kissed waiting goodbye." We are told to wait on God, but waiting is not passive. This book teaches you how to trust God and be proactive at the same time. Active faith. WHY DID I GET MARRIED? Even if you are already married and you sometimes ask yourself "Why did I get married?" or "Why did I get married to this person?", then this book will help you as well. It shows you that, according to the Bible, marital bliss has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with compatibility. You are not doomed to unhappiness because you think you married the wrong person. The Bible teaches that the key to happiness in marriage is having a godly attitude, and applying Biblical principles to your relationship. This book gives you many Biblical principles you can use to help you. ABOUT THE AUTHORSDenver and Indira waited a long time to find each other. They were both over 35 when they met. After search for over a decade, when they finally met, they got married within 7 months of their first date. 8 years later, they still consider theirs to be the happiest marriage in the world. Through their experiences and study of scripture, they have learned the real reason some Christians remain single longer than they need to be. It is because of myths they have been taught. These wrong teachings cause them to look for the wrong thing in the wrong way. They end up making their marriage decision more complicated that God intended it to be. This book throws out all the bathwater and it shows you how simple God's plan is. It gives single Christians a clear Biblical action plan to guide them in their search. REVIEWSI have read all the Christian single women books out there. These books teach you everything other than how to actually find a husband. 'I kissed waiting goodbye' blows away all the myths and wrong teachings being fed to Christian singles, and it outlines the liberating truths of God's Word. It offers practical guidance while at the same time being deeply rooted in scripture. ... reviewer via Facebook.This book is so rich in Biblical truth, we are using it for Christian single Bible studies in our singles group. ... reviewer via Facebook.This is the true Biblical teaching on Christian dating for men and women. The authors talk about their own journey and how they met, but the book is not based on their experiences. It is based on scripture. I have purchased it as a gift for my two kids. ... reviewer via Facebook.
In Single, Married, Separated and Life after Divorce Expanded Edition, Myles Munroe goes more in depth exploring the full range of human relationships. He demolishes the myths surrounding Usingleness' as he declares that it is okay to be single, but not good to be alone. Stepping out of the single life into the married life is a big step and Munroe offers tried and tested truths enabling men and women to survive the change from singlehood to marriage. Unfortunately, as more and more marriages are ending in divorce there is a desperate need for answers to the haunting questions that trouble the divorced person. Dr. Munroe does not avoid the tough questions as he tackles them one at a time. His answers will encourage and instruct those looking for answers to hopeless situations. This revised and updated edition contains two new chapters to further expound on the original text.
What happens when the temptation to give into premarital sex is stronger than your will to stop? How can you stay pure when overwhelmed by the passion to have sex before marriage? Everyone wants closeness and love, but is joining yourself with someone you're not married to really giving you the kind of love you long for? This handy mini-book, Sexual Integrity: Balancing Your Passion with Purity, helps you find God's guidance and strength as you refrain from sex before marriage. It answers tough questions on sex and marriage with practical and Biblical advice. Doesn't he see that, since we live in a different age than when the Bible was written, it's harder to remain sexually pure? What's important to remember is that there are several examples of people in the Bible, like David, who suffered greatly because he did not have sexual integrity. Author June Hunt's insight and Biblical advice will encourage you to live your life the way God intended so that you can experience sexually intimacy within marriage to the fullest. Be equipped with knowledge on: • 12 Reasons for giving in to sex and how to talk yourself out of it •3 subtle seduction “hooks” to avoid • 5 Bible verses you should know • Where to draw the line: How far is too far? • The no. 1 root cause for not maintaining sexual integrity • 7 myths about sex •Sexually transmitted diseases You can have God's power for purity when you trust that his commands will bring you the most joy and satisfaction. Hope for Those Who Are Trapped by Guilt Though God wants you to wait to have sex within the covenant of marriage, there is forgiveness if you've crossed the line. Sexual Integrity will help you know how and what to pray and what Scripture to memorize to help you have the assurance that God offers grace to all who love him. God can empower you to have victory over the past.
Some singles are perfectly contentwhile others are definitely not! Learn how to uproot the common causes of discontentment, how to avoid the myths about singleness and how to embrace a healthy perspective of yourself and your singleness.
Between the onset of puberty and marriage, every man and woman faces the issues of being single. How do you handle the weekends alone -- or with a dating partner? How do you build a healthy relationship? How can you tell when it's the relationship of a lifetime? And what about sex -- Why say no when your body is screaming yes? Chris Jackson knows the promise and the pitfalls of singleness for African Americans. In this book, he offers frank, down-to-earth wisdom on such topics as: - Practical ways to make the single life a better life - Making the most of the differences between the sexes - How your family history affects your dating relationships - "Creative Conversation from A to Z" - The silent issues: masturbation, date rape, and homosexuality - Breaking up without breaking down - Knowing when a relationship is marriageable . . . And much more -- If you want to order your dating life according to the Bible's prescription for fulfillment, The Black Christian Singles Guide to Dating and Sexuality is an invaluable guidebook. It's easy to read, and it offers real-life answers for your real-life issues.
Albert Y. Hsu provides a balanced, biblical understanding of Christian singleness that debunks the myth of the "gift of singleness" and honors singleness as a status equal to marriage. Includes an interview with John Stott.
Almost everyone has thoughts about life after death. It's just that we don't talk about it in general conversation...mainly because we don't want people to think us strange. But it doesn't take much urging to get almost anyone to open up. In fact, once people start talking, it's often difficult to get them to stop. So...What's Next? is a compilation of interviews...thoughts of ordinary people and what they think happens after death. Fueled by religion, dreams, presences (real or perceived) and other occurrences, most people have strong hopes and desires to reconnect with those they've loved and lost. Some of these stories are sad, some fascinating, some are even funny. Reasons why are intriguing. For the most part, this book is happy, inspirational and full of hope that life on earth is only the beginning. If you died tonight, what would you be doing tomorrow? The answers are endless.