There are some rather obvious tips like praying for each other in your daily devotions, encouraging each other to read the Scriptures, setting appropriate boundaries (emotional, spiritual, and so on), and pursuing sexual holiness. These devotions together can develop into a couple-centered spirituality that begins to replace the church-centered relationship with God that the New Testament actually prescribes.
But aside from that, there's no real, hard-and-fast rules about this sort of thing. No, if you want your significant other to actually grow with Christ you will encourage each other to regularly worship because you want them to: 1. I don't have the kind of space necessary to speak of the manifold benefits of sitting under regular preaching, but I'll list a few. At the same time, it's important to recognize that the corporate gathering of the people of God, in receiving the supper and lifting our voices in song, prepares and shapes the desires of our hearts to focus on God throughout the whole week.
Third, the Word of God truly preached brings us by the power of the Spirit into the presence of Christ. You also want your significant other to have communion with the body of Christ outside of your own relationship. Did you note the developing trend in the four points above?
Finally, we need to hear an outside word that we can't quickly rationalize, twist, distort, or ignore. If your relationship becomes the center of their faith, the main and only encouragement they have in Christ, something has gone wrong. All four stand on their own as solid reasons to be committed to gathering (and being a member of) a local body.
“Hey, Carrots, when you asked me to join the force, you kinda forgot to mention that I would have to do this much paperwork.” In front of Nick sat a mountain of forms, requiring meticulous detail about the duo's arrest of a petty thief. My cousin Darrell acted like a savage when he got a latte from Snarlbucks! ” she looked back down at her papers, attempting to get the impure thoughts out of her head for the time being. “Tell ya what Carrots, I’ll buy your lunch today and you can tell me what's on your mind without the convincing from my friends in interrogation.” Judy chuckled, and agreed, “Deal. “I’ve had relationships on my mind lately-” “Who’s the lucky buck? “Well, there's this guy that I’ve known for a while now,” Judy imagined every detail she loved about a Nick. “I don't know how he feels, and that scares me, Nick.” “Well,” he started. I've been working in youth ministry in some capacity for roughly eight years, and this is one of the most common questions I've fielded from young Christians: “How can (insert boyfriend/girlfriend) and I have a Christian dating relationship? ” As often I've heard it, I still love the the heart behind the question.A couple of youngins' get to dating, and they want to “do it right.” They realize that God is concerned with every aspect of our lives, including our romantic involvements, so they've resolved to have a “Christian” dating relationship and sought guidance. Should we buy a devotional and go through it together? ” If the young man's of a theological bent, he shows up with a potential 10-week preaching series already outlined. As I already mentioned, couples often get this idea that to be truly “spiritual” they should start interweaving their spiritual lives into one.
Realizing that practical steps matter, most often they want tips or steps they can take to build their relationship in Christ. (Protip: this last one is definitely not a winning approach.) At that point, one of the first things I usually tell them is that there's really no “biblical theology” of dating tucked away the book of 4:5-20. This can actually become a problem, especially because you're not actually married.
And second of all, I know when something is bothering you, Carrots, so you better fess up before I get the interrogation team over here.” “What, are you going to arrest me for questioning? “I do believe I need to have broken a law before you can do that.” “Is being too cute a crime? “You shouldn't call me cute…” she mumbled, trying to convince herself that Nick shouldn't use that word. Even having lived in Zootopia for several months, it always baffled her how well the logistics of the city worked; from small mammals to gigantic ones, thousands went along with their business every day.