Wink to Wedding Timeline
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First figure out the timeline functions, then the appropriate forms of Biblically expressing the functions.
I. Commitment to Christlikeness
Ps 84:10 a day in Your courts is better...than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly
A. Don't awaken love until the appropriate time (Song of Solomon 3:5). See Contentment: Lord of the Ringless on Truthbase.net
B. Don't train yourself to like something that's not good for you 1Th 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil, 1Pt 2:11 Abstain from fleshly lusts
C. Don't defraud 1Thess 4”1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality/fornication; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you...
1Cor 7:1 Now concerning the things which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman
II. Contact - Group settings
1Cor 9:22 I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Cf Gal 6:10
III. Commonality (Social & Intellectual intimacy)
cf Jesus with the woman at the well - Jn 4
IV. Compatibility (Intellectual & Spiritual intimacy)
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
V. Creator’s will
we can't know God's subjective will for our lives unless we are obeying His objective will (Revealed in Word)
Parental Permission/Blessing (Courtship??)
VII. Communication (Spiritual & Emotional intimacy)
Exploration and Discussion of marriage
VIII. Consummation (Physical intimacy)
Kiss??? See "What's in a kiss" and then determine when it is appropriate to express what to whom.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. Is it God's will that everyone be married (1Cor 7)? What are some advantages/disadvantages of being single or married?