Try to go beyond cliched Bible studies
Many times, sermons geared toward singles can either sound too offensive, outdated, or hackneyed.
Consider, when pulling together curriculum or foci of the lessons to go beyond the cliched messages often directed at those who do not have a marital partner, have lost a marital partner, or who intend to lead a single lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
Go beyond the “true love waits” and the “make the most of the time you’re single while it lasts” messages.
Both are not true in all cases. Not every Christian will marry, or in the case of divorced and widowed Christians, marry again. Not every Christian will have a trajectory that involves a spouse.
Messages need to go beyond how-to-endure-the-“gift”-of-singleness. If believers call it a gift, they should treat it as such. Bible studies should focus more on how to love God, love others, and grow in Christ more than, “I’m praying really hard for God to bring my future husband to me at the right time.”
Perhaps a good way to do this is to have a person who is single and mature in their walk lead the group. Granted, other mentors who have married can participate and lead, but those who know which messages will have a greater impact on the audience (and will not offend or disinterest) should have some sway over the topics covered.
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