Couples who participate in Bible studies together get an opportunity to gauge the spiritual maturity of their love interest. If faith is important in your list of requirements for a future mate, you will want to get an accurate picture of the level of commitment your date holds for Christianity. Bible studies for couples may be held at church with a group, online or privately between the two of you.
The Bible and Dating
Dating is not a term ever mentioned in the Bible; however, the Bible does have a good deal to say about relationships before marriage. A Bible study on the topic of dating or courting would include studying the relationship between Jacob and Leah as well as Jacob and Rachel, detailed in the book of Genesis. Another good relationship to study for an example of a toxic dating situation is that of Samson and Delilah, from the book of Judges.
Sexual Purity Study
Sexual purity is a topic that is not discussed as often in today's church. However, if you are doing a study on purity, you will find the Bible does have a good deal to say on premarital sex. Sexual purity is part of the Ten Commandments, listed in Exodus. There are also calls to purity in Matthew 5, as well as 1 John 2. Delving into the Bible's specific commands relating to sex is a good activity in establishing sexual boundaries within a dating relationship.
The Bible and Finances
Finances are the second-highest cause of divorce, topped only by communication. Your thoughts on money and your spending habits need to be on a level similar to those of your love interest. Studying what the Bible has to say about money can be a great opportunity to determine whether your finances are compatible. According to Dave Ramsey, a leading Christian debt adviser, "God has given us more than 800 Scriptures about money." Many verses on money come from the book of Proverbs, with others sprinkled throughout the New Testament.
Serving God Before Marriage
Studying God's word together as a couple will inevitably bring you to the topic of using your single years in God's service. A study of 1 Corinthians 7 will give you a good view of how the Apostle Paul felt the single years should be spent. Marriage brings responsibilities that an unmarried couple will not experience. Through the study of key Scriptures, put together a plan of service, together and apart, to fulfill your Christian duties as an unmarried person.
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