Statistics tell us that 37% of adults over 18 are single. During the average persons life a significant portion of their life will be spent as a single÷typically the first 25 years of life is spent as a single and perhaps for the last 10-15 of their lives.
In spite of this many people take a dim view of those who are single: holding up marriage as an ideal.
The reasons for a person being single can be exceedingly complex.
For instance some are single for the following reasons:
1. Like their independence
2. Shyness 3. Caring for aging parents 4. Consider selves to old for marriage
5. Career is their priority 6. A past divorce
7. The marriages of those around me donât look that great
8. The death of a spouse
9. I donât have enough money on hand to pursue a potential spouse
10. Basically selfish person and my singleness enable me to look after my own happiness
11. This is Godâs will for my life
12. My singleness has freed me up for certain kinds of Christian service
As you and I consider the scriptures this morning, we are going to consider some scriptural reasons for remaining single.
The Bible speaks highly of marriage and just as highly of a person remaining single and unmarried.
An error of many parents is to push their kids towards marriage; whether it be by downgrading people who are not married or by continually pushing them to produce grandchildren for them.
Every Christian parent needs to teach their children about the benefits of being married and of the benefits of beingsingle. I propose to you that every Christian parent needs to make the case to their children regarding their being single, just as strongly as they would make the case for their being married.
Todayâs discussion of ch. 7 will not so much consist of an exhaustive study of any one phrase or verse. Instead, we are going to survey together the principles that come from this text regarding singleness.
A number of years before the writing of this chapter, the apostle Paul had spent 1.5 years founding the church of Corinth. He in a way was a spiritual father to them, yet for him they had at times precious little respect. It seems that they often contested his instructions to them in respect to how a follower of Jesus Christ is supposed to live. Hence at times in the books of Corinthians Paul is quite blunt and forceful.
We have this chapter and a number of other similar ones because the Corinthian church had a great problem in the area of relationships and sex. The city of Corinth was known for its immorality and for the temple of Aphrodite÷with its 1000 temple prostitutes who plied the streets at night. Because of all their problems in the area of sex and relationships Paul spent much time writing to them regarding the topic.
As you and I consider the text today we must understand very clearly that Paul is not against marriage. He is pro marriage as a simple reading of the text would indicate. However our focus is going to consider what he has to say about being single.