by Jerry Vines

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Sex According to God
Jerry Vines
Song of Solomon 2:7-17

I’m in a series of messages around the theme, Sex According to God. I’m building on messages, one after the other. We are studying the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament, which is God’s book of love, marriage, and sex, in that order.

Moving in that theme I’m taking up some preliminary affairs. One of those is the whole area of dating, engagement, and courtship.

I read a statement I have reflected upon many times. It says, ‘‘The problem with American marriage is American courtship.’’ I believe that statement is true. The average one of us in America goes into the dating scene without any real guidance or understanding of what is involved. It has become a treacherous ground for many people. Some of you are young and you are getting ready to start dating. You are anxious about it and are anticipating it with great anticipation. Others of you are dating again. You are back into the dating scene and it is a frightening place. Some of you have lost loved ones and now you find yourself dating again. It can be a rather fearful and awesome experience. I was reading something that came out in USA Today about the average American male. This would be frightening to the ladies among us this morning. Here’s what the Men’s Health Magazine said, as reported in USA Today: One, he loses his virginity at 17. Two, he marries at 26. Three, he watches TV about 28 hours per week. Four, he will have sex with five to ten partners during his lifetime. Five, he will consume eleven beers within a seven day period.’’ No wonder many American girls are frightened at the prospect of beginning to date and encounter something like that, if that be the average.

Of course, there is something very positive about dating, too. It can be an exhilarating time. Do you remember the first date you ever had? I dare say most of the ladies can and probably most of you guys cannot. The first date had to be a ...

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