How to Date
Things have gotten more complicated since Adam and Eve and the book of Genesis. The rules of courtship have dissolved and have been replaced by ambiguity and uncertainty. Social media and texting have given people access to hundreds of friends but have increased fluidity, drama, and anxiety; the process of dating more often being described as stressful and depressing. The desire to pair off is good, and Ben Stuart reminds us that this longing has existed since the beginning of creation. But more than we desire to be in a relationship, we should desire the right relationship. Deciding who to spend the rest of your life with is arguably one of the biggest decisions in your life, and we must not treat it as a flippant decision. As we delve deeper into the dating and evaluation process, we hone in on what should be our ultimate desire: God’s plans and purposes for our lives.
The Best Marriage
The culture around us and our upbringing can offset how we view marriage entirely. Many of us grew up with divorced parents or were at least witnesses to failed relationships and family brokenness. After all, romance is powerful and can either be life-giving or disastrous. Our cynicism, rightfully so, may lead many of us to feel as if this covenant isn’t really treated as a covenant at all. In this track, Ben Stuart works to restore this perception, focusing on God’s design for marriage instead of on what culture has to say about it. The marriages around you don’t have to be your current or potential future reality. There is hope to be found in a union between two people who love the Lord and keep His commandments, loving each other as Christ loved the Church and displaying God’s glory. Join us on this 4-day journey, unpacking the true mission of marriage and resetting our beliefs in its purpose. We must first see God’s original design if we want beautiful marriages.
Who to Date
Dating is not a status we sit in—it is a process we walk through. This process exists to help you evaluate one of the biggest decisions you may ever make in your life: whether or not someone is a good fit to commit your life to. Ben Stuart challenges us to start with finding the right person in the right way. Through this 4-day track, Ben highlights how we can potentially meet the right person, how we can shift our mindset from a consumer mentality in dating to setting realistic expectations, how our allegiance determines our values, and he helps identify the characteristics we can look for when dating someone. We hope that at the conclusion of these four days, you will feel more comfortable and confident in your decision-making in the dating process and that you will gain wisdom about the kind of person you choose to spend your life with.
How to Thrive in Your Singleness
Have you ever struggled with finding purpose in your singleness? In a world dominated by relationship status, it’s only natural that we are constantly focused on the next thing and, therefore, lose focus on what is right in front of us. But what if your singleness isn’t a problem to solve or a hurdle to clear? What if this time in your life could be purposeful and profound? In this four-day track, we will gain insight from Ben Stuart on how to not only navigate this season well but thrive in it as we focus on: Seeing singleness as a gift. Changing the headline of our stories from singleness to purposeful. Learning to give undistracted devotion to God. Learning to trust God.
How to Study Scripture
Navigating the Scriptures for new believers and seasoned saints alike can be a daunting task. How do we unpack the historical and cultural context? How do we apply what was written to a specific group of people in the past to ourselves in our present day and circumstances? What does it mean to get an actual, in-depth look into the inspired Word of God? Over the course of the next three days, our aim is to deposit practical and insightful methods that will help you move from reading to studying scripture.
What Happens When You Die?
Jesus didn’t shy away from talking about death and what would come afterward for each of us. In fact, as Louie Giglio will show us, perhaps the most recognizable verse in all of Scripture paints a clear picture for us of the reality of eternity.