May 21-27, 2012
Church Ministry News
Young adults eager to get a head start when it comes to courtship and marriage
Reported by Simon Lin
Written by Lydia Ma
A popular Chinese adage says that it’s easier to fall in love than to get along. Taking this adage seriously, many Christian young adults believe it is important to nurture a biblical perspective on marriage and spousal relations before they walk down the aisle. However, Christian young adults these days face another challenge when it comes to courtship and marriage: They need to expand their social circles beyond their workplace and their home church if they ever hope to find a suitable mate.
Fully aware of these challenges and eager to help young adults overcome these challenges, Kaohsiung and Shoushan presbyteries held an afternoon tea party on May 21, 2012 for single young adults and extended the invitation to PCT and Christians from other church denominations residing in southern Taiwan. The program also included a keynote speaker and group games aimed at helping participants get acquainted with one another.
Eager to be equipped for marriage and possibly meet their prospective other, more than 100 young adults from southern Taiwan turned up for this event held at Hsin-hsing Presbyterian Church in Kaohsiung. Though feeling somewhat shy at first, they took advantage of this opportunity make new friends and enjoy an afternoon tea time.
The event began with the emcee leading a few group games to warm up the crowd and set the tone for the afternoon. Following this, Professor Hwang Kuo-liang was invited to expound on his understanding of marriage based on various teachings from the Bible. Huang underscored that Christian spouses tend to fight less often with one another because they share common values, a common religion, and spend regular time with God. He stressed that the key to a successful Christian marriage is a desire to honor God and allow God to be the mediator in the relationship. However, Hwang also emphasized on the importance of building mutual trust for a marriage to succeed.
Using his expertise in psychology, counseling, and conflict-management and applying it to various situations that may arise in a marriage, Hwang gave young adults advice on the role of sexual intercourse in a marriage and how to minimize conflicts arising from family finances, childrearing, and dealing with in-laws. He placed special emphasis on the importance of mutual respect, honesty, sacrificial giving, and good communication.