by Donald Cantrell

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Addressing Anxieties at Corinth (9 of 21)
Series: 1 Corinthians
Donald Cantrell
1 Corinthians 7:17-40

I - Calming Social Angst ''Our Cause''
A) Personally Accepted (17)
B) Religiously Alleviated (18 - 19)
C) Freely Acknowledged (20 - 24)

II - Clarifying Single Anxieties ''Our Clarity''
A) Pressures Pondered (25 - 27)
B) Problems Proposed (28)
C) Passing Presumed (29 - 31)
D) Preoccupations Presented (32 - 35)
E) Promises Paternally (36 - 38)
F) Partnership Permanency (39 - 40)

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Theme: ''The benefits and barriers of being single''


The Corinthian's were still adapting to their Christian lifestyle and they were face social dilemmas and singleness disputes. They were at their wits ends on how to conduct themselves in social settings.

Some of them were in common law marriages, some of them were in mixed marriages pertaining to their faith, and some of them were trying to determine if they needed to be circumcised to be like the Jewish believers.

Then there was an entirely other discussion pertaining those that were single, those that desired to be single, those that were single but wanted to move forward and get married. Paul is going to try and help them reach mental calmness in all of these areas.

Let us consider some numbers on being single in the United States:

Single Life

105 million: Number of unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2013. This group made up 44 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.

53%: Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who were women in 2013; 47 percent were men.

62%: Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2013 who had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed.

18 million: Number of unmarried U.S. residents 65 and older in 2013. These seniors made up 17 percent of all unmarried people 18 and older.

87: Number of unmarri ...

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