As you read through the devotions each day, you will: Become a great lover by learning to love God first Develop the essential disciplines of a lasting relationship Focus on the important things in life Discover a sense of spiritual purpose and meaning Understand that grace is not just for "beginners" – it is for you, every day Whether you are dating seriously or engaged to be married, these daily personal devotions and weekly couple's devotions will help you discover the way to lifelong love. SAMUE L ADAMS Copyright © 2001 by Ben Young and Dr. Written permission must be secured from the publisher to use or reproduce any part of this book, except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. Scripture quotations noted NASB are from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Young, Ben. This guide will lead you on your spiritual journey.
Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Devotions for dating couples : building a foundation of spiritual intimacy / Ben Young & Sam Adams p. In addition, this devotional is a resource to help serious dating couples (or engaged couples) begin to build a foundation of spiritual intimacy in order to promote the kind of marriage that will last a lifetime.
In the process of working through the text and the commentary on our own, we’ll each take notes (mental or written), write-out questions, journal thoughts, etc.
We’ll then sit down one night a week, talk about it, and pray together over what God is teaching us through our study.
A true soul mate relationship can be attained only when there are a solid level of spiritual compatibility and a mutual agreement that the marriage centers on a relationship with God.
Once you find a partner who has the potential for a true soul mate relationship, then you can start to lay a foundation of spiritual intimacy upon which to build in years to come.
Therefore, we advise you to be cautious and mindful of this danger.For some time now, Meg and I have been struggling to find the right way to implement a joint Bible study between her and I.We’ve tried various methods and various studies, but none have panned out.We usually start out pretty strong and that strength usually lasts about two weeks. One of the other problems we have faced is a general feeling of “cheesiness.” By that I mean that most of the studies we’ve tried have ended up leaving us feeling…well, cheesy.I can’t pick one and put my finger on it; and perhaps it isn’t the study at all, but anytime we’ve tried to study God’s Word together and pray together on a regular basis, we have fought the “cheese factor.” One encouragement that I’ve found (that also serves as a discouragement) in my quest for an appropriate couples Bible study method is that most everyone else I know struggles with this too.Our approach: We’re going to begin just slowly working through a book of the Bible together.We’ve picked the book of James for a couple of reasons: 1) It’s my wife’s favorite book in the NT and 2) It’s a short book and makes for an obtainable goal as we set out. I love to read commentaries, but until recently never really considered using a commentary as a part of a couple’s Bible study since I didn’t think it would interest my lovely wife.Why it will work: This is a good method for us because we both love to read.It also takes us out of the realm of “topical” couple studies which typically pull from all over the Bible to focus on a particular topic (e.g.What have you used in your marriage that has worked for a means of studying God’s Word together? If you are like most dating couples, you are looking for more than just a companion – you want a soul mate! However, in contrast, consider how much attention you give to your inner life.