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Preaching on Celibacy: An interview with Stewart Ruch III

By preaching on celibacy you can challenge your single adults to live into their full calling in Christ.

Preaching Today.com: Why did you choose to preach on "celibacy" and not "singleness"?

Stewart Ruch III: Well, that's a string that leads to a big sweater. I wanted to talk about a larger issue than just human marriage or singleness. I wanted to talk about the very goal of human personhood. God in Christ wants to marry humanity. He chose spiritual marriage, the great marriage of our souls with God, as a kind of beatific vision, the end goal of all of our personhood. Marriage with God is a dramatic biblical metaphor for God's relationship with his people.

The concept of "singleness" can't do justice to this. For one thing, no one is autonomous or truly "single." When we realize this, we begin to see that every person is profoundly connected, and has the ultimate destiny of absolute communion with God.

Often, the problem in the church is that "singles" get left behind. We subtly communicate that marriage and raising a family is the ...

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