Teenagers who desire to maintain a healthy dating relationship will not put the person they are dating as their first priority.
A few weeks ago I talked to our students about dating in our “Dating, Marriage, and Sex” series. However, if you want to hear more about these Biblical principles that can be applied to dating I’d encourage you to listen to that talk online. Austin is the student ministries director at Christ Community Chapel-Stow Campus in Stow, OH.
If you care about teenagers, as parents and youth workers do, you want to help them navigate and work through the strange world of dating.So when it comes to dating many of us want to know what does the Bible says so that we can pass it on to teenagers.As someone who works with teenagers I have seen almost everything when it comes to teens and dating.I have seen middle school students “fall in love.” I have seen high school students date for years and continue dating into their college years.We want them to obey God’s Word in all areas of their lives, especially when it comes to dating relationships.
But here is the tricky part – the Bible doesn’t address dating. Second, we look into God’s Word and draw principles out of it that can be applied to dating. We need to show them clear Biblical principles that can and should be applied to dating so they can go about it in a way that honors and glorifies God.No matter what the rules are God expects teenagers to obey their parents. When a Christian teenager decides to date a non-Christian it usually hinders the faith of the Christian teenager.Ephesians 6:1 (ESV) says, Parents should set rules and boundaries for their teenagers when it comes to dating and teenagers should obey those rules. They will usually be pulled away from their relationship with God and be tempted to walk in a way that doesn’t line up with their Christian faith.In her book “It’s fine to have friendships with non-Christians, but do not commit to anyone who does not share your same faith.True compatibility grows from a join quest to follow God, to conform your life to the guidelines of the Bible and to draw from the spiritual resources found in Christ.” Pursue sexual purity.I have sat with students who are dating that honestly want to honor God in their relationship so they set boundaries and spiritual goals for their relationship.