Preparing for Worship: Sanctifying Singleness

Preparing for Worship: Sanctifying Singleness

John Haralson   •   February 11, 2016

"Christian singles are a radical witness to the resurrection. They forfeit heirs—their only other possibility of their survival beyond the grave—in the hope that one day all creation will be renewed. The Christian single makes no sense if the God of Jesus Christ is not living and true."

Rodney Clapp


Dear Friends,

Very often, the church can give the impression that the ultimate goal in life is to get married and have children. Getting married is seen as the great transition point between extended adolescence and adulthood. Those who are married are seen as the true grown-ups in the world, while those who are not married can be often made to feel like they are stuck in some sort of holding pattern—waiting for their real lives to begin.

The Apostle Paul is probably rolling over in his grave at these developments.

In fact, Paul, who was not married, once went as far to say that he wished that everyone was single like him. Apparently, Paul didn’t get the memo about Christians needing to worship at the altar of marriage and family.

This week, we have the privilege of having Mark Swanson preach God’s word to us. Mark is a personal friend, a good man, and a faithful minister who is currently serving as an Associate Pastor of Grace Vancouver in British Columbia. He is also single and will be bringing a very helpful perspective to us on Sunday.

This week: Sanctifying Singleness, I Corinthians 7:25-35

Liturgy is here.

Warmly in Christ,

John

P.S. Another thing I am very excited about is the new Christian Formation class,Shepherding Children’s Sexual Development which will begin this Sunday at 10:30 AM.