This free relationships Bible study is designed to help young Christians navigate love and dating. You can use this relationships Bible study in your youth group, church gathering, or as a personal Bible study on relationships.
When it comes to relationships and romance, it’s easy to fall victim to Esau-like thinking. People do this all the time! They so desperately desire to be in a relationship that they settle for something less. We let our short-sighted appetites get in the way of God’s long-term plan for our lives. Alex Gonzaga said, “Don’t trade the ultimate for the immediate. Don’t settle for less. Wait for God’s best.” This is a pivotal principle for our love lives.
This relationships Bible study will help you begin to develop a healthy, godly perspective on love and dating.
Here is How the Relationships Bible Study Breaks Down:
Week 1: Finding the One
Before you start dating, really take a look at who you are and who you are becoming. Don’t just try to discover the right person. Instead, strive to develop into the right person. Focus on development, not just discovery.
Scripture: James 1:23-25
Week 2: Don’t Forfeit your Future
Esau traded his future for a quick fix. He traded His blessing for a bowl of beans. Sure, you don’t plan on trading a million-dollar inheritance for some soup, but there is still a powerful lesson within this bizarre tale of twin brothers. Don’t sacrifice your future for a quick fix. Don’t let impulsiveness make you lose sight of what God wants for you.
Scripture: Genesis 25:29-34
Week 3: Dangerous Dating
Finding true love is rewarding, but it’s not a reward within itself. Unrealistic expectations are the formula for failure. No one person is going to bring you fulfillment, happiness, peace, or purpose. You must find fulfillment in your own life in Jesus first. Then, commit to doing life with another person, with Jesus at the center of your relationship.
Scripture: Genesis 29:16-25
Week 4: Big Risk. Bigger Reward.
When we think of love, our minds sometimes flash to the aisle of a drug-store on February 13th. We imagine big heart-shaped boxes of candy, oversized teddy bears, and cheesy greeting cards. The Bible paints a bigger (and more beautiful) picture of love than any Hallmark movie ever could— it teaches us that love is strengthened by service and sacrifice.When you love someone, you seek out their best interest, even above your own.
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-6
This free relationships Bible study includes:
— 4 small group discussion guides on relationships
— 10 graphics to reinforce the messages on social media
— Relationships Q&A devotional booklet – A Youth Pastor’s Answers to your Questions on Love and Dating
— 10 graphics to reinforce the Relationships Q&A devotional booklet
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