But it’s not as if every believer fits a certain profile.There’s a broad spectrum of what it means for people to call themselves a Christian—from very liberal to very conservative and everything in between.Who is there to support and encourage when you're having a bad day, or when your relationship needs a check because it's gone off the rails into sin? Even the best married couples need other, godly voices speaking wisdom, conviction, comfort, and healing grace into their lives. Whether you're a Baptist, Anglican, or Presbyterian, you want to be regularly reminded that Christ alone is the source of spiritual life—he died, rose again, and our union with him is the only true food for your soul. Yet all four play an important function with respect to your relationship to each other. But while we don’t pine for relationships full of teary airport goodbyes and scheduled Skype dates, it has become the new reality for an increasing number of couples.The higher the ratio of troubled marriages in a congregation, the more significant are the number and the magnitude of the problems which affect the congregation internally.Strained relationships in homes inevitably affect the quality of the fellowship of the spirit and of the overall morale of the congregation.Here are the five potholes we’ve learned to avoid on our road to marriage.1.Vacation Mode One of the first things we learned is that our trips to see each other can often feel a lot like vacation.
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.Thanks to the wonders of online dating, we’re finding that special someone across the state, on the other side of the country or even on the other side of the world.My fiancée and I met at a singles conference and have spent most of our relationship doing long-distance.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.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.