Holding Hands, Holding Hearts
Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating
What does Scripture say about dating? Nothing—and everything!
According to the Bible’s perspective, if you are dating you are not just holding hands—you are holding hearts. What you do with your own heart, and what you do with another’s, is a matter of great importance!
This book offers a biblical view of relationships and doesn’t shy away from discussing attraction, first dates, commitment and more elements that need to come together to make a successful relationship.
“As a biblical marriage counselor I have often been involved in helping married people resolve many distressing and difficult that they encounter in their relationship. As I’ve done this counseling, I have frequently thought that many of the problems these couples were facing after the wedding could have been prevented if they had acted more wisely prior to the wedding. If singles will read and apply the biblical counsel of this book, many of the painful problems that couples might face after the wedding will be prevented.”
— Wayne A. Mack, author, Strengthening Your Marriage and numerous other books on relationships
“Rick and Sharon Phillips first set forth a careful biblical theology of dating and relationships, and then offer their mature wisdom on how to put the biblical principles into practice. The result is required reading for every single adult, for which the entire church can be deeply grateful.”
— Justin Taylor, co-editor, Sex and the Supremacy of Christ
Part 1: A Biblical View of Dating and Relationships
- 1) Love Made New: God’s Design in Creation
- 2) Trouble in Paradise: The Relationship Fallen in Sin
- 3) Put on Love: The Relationship Redeemed in Christ
- 4) God’s Blueprint for Love: The Relationship Redeemed in Christ, Part 2
Part 2: Biblical Wisdom for Dating and Relationships
- 5) Words to the Wise: A Proverbial Take on Attraction
- 6) Table for Two: The First Date
- 7) The Big C-Word: To Commit or Not to Commit
- 8) Could This Be Love? From Dating to Marriage
- 9) Waiting for Love?
About the Author
Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and co-editor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.