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Welcome to SovereignGraceSingles.com. Where Reformed Faith and Romance Come Together! We are the only Christian dating website for Christian Singles in the Reformed Faith worldwide. Our focus is to bring together Christian singles of all ages. Reformed single Christian men and women who wish to meet other Reformed Christian singles for spiritually, like-minded, loving relationships.

SovereignGraceSingles

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” - Genesis 2:18

SovereignGraceSingles

Meet Like Minded Believers Can two walk together except they be agreed? - Amos 3:3

SovereignGraceSingles

John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.

SovereignGraceSingles

SGS offers a "fenced" community: both for private single members and also a public Protestant forums open to Bible-believing Christians such as Presbyterians, Lutherans, Reformed, Baptists, Church of Christ members, Pentecostals, Anglicans. Methodists, Charismatics, or any other conservative, Nicene-derived Christian Church.

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  2. Hello Hanna, In what way?
  3. This is quite a common explanation. I'm just wondering If there is any hint in the Bible that these verses should be interpreted this way.
  4. Reformed98323

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    If someone just wants discussion and debate they can go to Facebook... and many/most do. Re "dating" I prefer Courtship and there is a BIG difference. May SGSers are on it ONLY because it is limited to Calvinists or "Reformed" persons. The Niche is what causes them to want to be here in contrast to the plethora of other "Christian Dating" sites. I just received an email today that was a Testimonial of TWO weddings via SGS. The Subscription cost has not increased since January 2005 when it was launched. One benefit of requiring payment for Members to use SGS is that it weeds out spammers and vetts persons who are serious enough in their desire for a Biblical Relationship that they must pay before they can contact others. They can read other's Profiles, etc. but will not/are not able to communicate with them. Dean
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  6. James

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    you would just love me to take the bait, wouldn't you?.... To serve your ego, right? I don't know why there is a huge lack of userbase, but I have a good guess William.
  7. NetChaplain

    Fire-works

    Hi Brother, and thank you too for showing your gratitude! God bless!!
  8. I numbered the above. 1. I believe it takes the Lord to initially open the heart in order for them (and anyone else) to believe and thus receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:14) 2. Every Christian has a gift (1 Peter 4:10). They are saved but it may take time in order for them to demonstrate what their gift(s) is.
  9. William

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    SGS isn't new. Some 3000+ accounts will be migrated over. We definitely will provide paid for services. More comprehensive explanations will be given around the time of release of what is provided for free and paid for subscriptions. You'll have to discern what is important to you as you will ultimately live with your decision and not me. Acknowledged, some give great profiles like resumes. However, in depth discussion usually reveals quite more. In my personal life I met my spouse on a Christian dating site in a very forum while discussing and debating various topics. Her profile was of no interest to me at the time as an initial attraction was absent until we engaged indirectly. Her responses to others is what actually had drawn my attention to her and began my personal interests. I found her not only witty but also of firm conviction. Ironically, she enjoyed my rather sarcastic interaction that rubbed others the wrong way. And in more personal dialogue it was not my past which she identified me as who I am today but as a new creation she was taken by what God overcame in my life. That is, according to her. Let me be clear. Christforums.com no longer has a future. The site and CF domain will come to an end of life in a desired time of one month from now. Lots of work has been laid upon me to oversee the migration of accounts, data, etc from the old SGS to this new SGS platform. I expect to be done and finalize the migration come mid January. Not something that you would probably say in your profile but information about you that came out in natural discussion. See? Forums can be quite useful.
  10. James

    Fire-works

    Great post. Thank you
  11. James

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    In my experiences of being a user of many Christian singles dating + forum, it doesn't work.. but again that is just my opinion. If you know your userbase & what they want that's brilliant, I just don't see the logic, Apart from being financially and easier to run for yourselves. Of course you will gain many new members but they will become lurkers and idle numbers, contributing to little like all the rest of similar sites. This forum was a niche community, you think the small remaining users will stay? I think it's very likely that you will make it a paid subscription.. good luck that's all I have to say. With regards to theology and biblical ways of life, other Christian dating sites make it clear for a user to express their faith & theology on their profile, what's not to miss? The issue is, for me... That I believe people will either want a forum dedicated to Protestantism or a Christian dating site. People generally won't want an equal both unless it has an extremely big userbase where they have enough posts to keep them occupied in a sub-forum they want to post in. I guess nobody knows the outcome, only time will tell. I just think it's easier to gain new members (quality or idle).. and that's what you are pushing for, behind a pay wall. I'm a person who hates change, and liberalism, forgive my pessimism.
  12. NetChaplain

    Fire-works

    A believer is “a wise master-builder” (1Co 3:10) if he is given to know the purpose for “works” (in the Word which produce love), that they derive in this life from the grace of salvation! In relation to this life, they are purposed to glorify God via being used to “draw” the lost and “exhort” the saved (Jhn 6:44; Heb 10:25); in the next, they eternally glorify Him via having displayed a mature faith-producing-love in Him and His Word (Gal 5:6). Let us seek Him now to know the most of walking in faith, because now is the only time it will ever be used, for only now can “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2Co 5:7). NC Fire-works “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss” (1Co 3:15). It does not say he shall suffer purgatory, much less that he shall be cast into hell fire, but only that “he shall suffer loss.” What loss, then, will he suffer? I say he will be an eternal loser. He will lose the reward that he might have received. There is a kingdom coming, a manifest kingdom. Christ will be the King and His saints are to reign with Him (Rev 5:10; the believer’s eternal occupation—NC). It is with reference to that coming kingdom that our works will be tried. The place we shall occupy in the kingdom—the place of honor and authority—will be determined according to the faithfulness in the smaller stewardship of our service on earth. This is shown in the parable of the nobleman*(Luk 19:21, etc.). The same is taught in 2 Peter 1:11: “For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom*of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” This may be illustrated by the cases of Abraham and Lot; the one was called the “friend of God,” and maintained the path of faith and obedience. Such a one will have an abundant entrance (have much when entering—NC) into the coming kingdom. Lot on the other hand, was “saved so as by fire”—all his works destroyed, a saved man—but his life was a lost life (concerning faith-work rewards—NC). In the fifth chapter of Revelation the saints are seen as the twenty-four elders enthroned around the Throne of God. In the 19th chapter the same saints are seen as “the armies which are in heaven.” We have in these chapters two aspects of coming glory for the Church. In the fifth chapter we are seen as worshippers, and there all are alike, all are on one level. But in the 19th it is the King and His armies coming forth to execute judgment and to take the kingdom. The very idea of an army supposes difference of rank, honor and authority. So it was when David came to the kingdom. His “mighty men” were appointed to positions of honor, differing according to their faithfulness to him during the period of his rejection (2 Samuel 23:8, etc.). Till He comes, let us seek not to please ourselves, nor to please men, nor to please even our brethren, but our Lord alone (we seek to please God in our seeking to love one another, which pleases God more than all things, it being the capstone of all our works in Christ - Jhn 15:12—NC). “He himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire” (1Co 3:15). It is presumed that the man here referred to is a child of God; and note, the rightness or wrongness of his building or workmanship does not touch the question of his personal salvation, “he himself shall be saved.” Why? Because the question of our guilt was settled at the Cross (and at our point of faith—NC). It is the question of our service that is taken into account as the judgment-seat of Christ. As criminals, we were judged, condemned and executed at the Cross of Christ. As children, we are judged and chastened by the Father in this life. As servants, we shall stand before the Bema and see our works tested in the fire of God’s holiness (solely to determine our rewards, not our salvation—NC). Further, to show our perfect security as to our eternal salvation, when will this judgment take place? It will be when the Lord Jesus comes at the Rapture (finality of our translation via the redemption of our body – Ro 8:23—NC). Then, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed and caught up (harpazō) to meet Him (1Co 15:52; 1Th 4:17); so that when our works are thus tested by fire, we shall be standing as glorified saints in the presence of our Father (at whatever level of mark He has determined our earthly service in Him—NC). I believe we shall be perfectly, fully and eternally satisfied, but some will shine brighter than others. Some will have positions of authority in the coming kingdom of which others will not be accounted worthy. Oh, that all earthly ambitions may perish, and that we may covet, through faithfulness to the Lord Jesus here, to be as it were among the aristocracy of His coming Kingdom! - J R Caldwell (1839-1917) Poster’s Opinions: * “the parable of the nobleman”: in this parable (Luk 19) I believe there are three characters of people typified; “A certain nobleman” typifying the Lord Jesus (v 12); “His servants” typifying the saved (v 13); “His citizens who hated Him” typifying the unsaved (v 14). I think the crux of the matter is that among those who were saved, one of them did not seek to obey what was asked of him concerning his gift of works (pound), and so was not exalted; and His enemies who hated Him (unsaved) were “slain” (v 27). Concerning the unfaithful servant, the idea of “taking away what he seemed to have” could not be related to his salvation because it cannot be taken away nor added to, but works can comply with addition or subtraction. * “an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom*: I believe (according to some Bible commentators) “entrance … abundantly” is reference to the works or virtues mentioned in the preceding verses (2Pe 1:5-7), which presently aids and “ministers” in our difficulties and services, and later is accounted as an “abundance” upon entering heaven. Believers can run their earthly course without seeking to add these to their faith, and thereby fail to receive additionally for them.
  13. William

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    I disagree as someone that has been involved in building and developing such communities. Some Christians wish to actually know what a person believes rather than browsing pictures and selecting a mate based on superficial qualities. Believe it or not some place great emphasis on a potential spouse's faith and theology. A handsome or pretty picture may initially attract the opposite sex but pretenders surely raise red flags and are exposed the more they communicate. Discussion and debate are ways to "qualify" others especially in faith and theology. For example, some people don't believe in baptizing children and that's an important issue to know about any potential spouse before committing to having children with them. Others have a subordinate perspective in a spouse and expect them to either provide for everything or do nothing but rear children or even home school. Yet others believe that a person may not remarry if divorced for whatever reason. These are important issues to discuss and a forums provides a platform where both young and mature Christians may engage in the topic at hand. There are plenty of other websites out there. In due time when we are ready to go live with the migration formal instructions as well as an overview of design will be given. As far as your suggestion that because finances are involved therefore the primary motivator behind rejecting your "rational and logical thinking" let me assure you that I do not reject your opinion on such basis, but rather reject your opinion based on my own experience with running such communities or knowing what our target demographic desires in way of platforms to help them in the quest of finding a potential spouse. SGS has been in business for nearly 15 years in which most of its time online has been offering "free services" at no charge. The forums are an essential part of the community whether for singles or others seeking support while remaining single, widowed, and or divorced as not all are on a quest to marry. Much relationships are developed during the search for a spouse and in the past as well as with other platforms once the relationship status changes the person is cast out from the community. The New SGS addresses this issue by providing not only services but a continued community where relationships may be maintained.
  14. bcbsr

    Pray for an Open Door

    PRAY FOR AN OPEN DOOR Col 4:2-4 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Perhaps one of the most challenging and frustrating issues among practicing Christians is finding an open door for the word. We know that "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." Rom 10:17 But how to get the essential message out so that people may have an opportunity to believe? For "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"Rom 10:14 And this because particularly difficult in countries which place heavy restrictions on the communication of the gospel. So whether it be for your own opportunity or for that of Christians elsewhere, pray that God would open a door for the word. And pray not only concerning "opportunity", but also for the openness of those listening, like it says concerning Lydia in Acts 16:14 "The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message." Consider who to pray for concerning this matter and pray now. The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  15. What bothers me is "how" some suggest they are receiving the Holy Spirit as the when occurs before or after man's action. Whether by works of the Law or by knowledge. Such goes against the Sacrament of baptism. If by works of the Law the outward action of water, confession and repentance brings about regeneration. And if by knowledge having learned of the Holy Spirit brings about regeneration or is a prerequisite to having received grace. Either or makes a strong case for Synergism. I'm also a little bothered by some of the commentary I have read on these passages which suggests that these men's baptism was illegitimate though Paul did not repeat water baptism but only laid upon them his hands. In Acts 1:5 the Covenant seal was received by these men, that is the promise of the Spirit to come, therefore, the seal was legitimate. What seemingly is apparent to me is some of the exegetical sources either run narrow contextual support and/or ignore systematic theology altogether. This is one of the verses where I think trending carefully is necessary because much doctrine is derived from these passages. The Baptist suggest baptism is an ordinance thus turning baptism into works which entails knowledge preceding its administration therefore children are excluded. The Pentecostals suggest there are two or more baptisms necessary for not only the inward regeneration but also the outward evidenced gifts of the Spirit. Catholics and Lutherans suggest that grace is conferred by the priest at time of the administration of water which guarantees regeneration at baptism [baptismal regeneration]. Reformed suggest baptism is not only a Covenant sign and seal but also a Sacrament. That is, the seal is really administered though regeneration is not so annexed to water that it cannot occur without the administration of water but rather in God's due timing. While some of these varying views may not be explicitly stated in Scripture one has to decide whether to infer from the Scriptures until the questions at hand are answered, that is, if Scripture provides an answer beyond what is only stated? I have no doubt that Arminians are the kings of isolated exegesis which ignores all other Scriptures to do with the timing of works of the Holy Spirit. Only one of the above views is consistent monergism. I can, however, acknowledge how each theological and/or denominational camp comes to their own conclusion via the text, though, I believe only one is systematic while the others ignore other clear Scriptures which convey the timing of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Elect despite any awareness, works, and/or knowledge. Therefore, every baptism is a Covenant infant baptism which testifies to the monergistic works of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit before any awareness and knowledge [Election, Calling, and Regeneration] rather than an adult baptism which disregards the clear Scriptures conveying child-likeness in contrast to adult profession requiring awareness, knowledge, and action. I disagree with you in that an Elect cannot be saved without demonstrating certain gifts of the Holy Spirit equipping men for office. Such a view is commonly held by Pentecostals that are notorious for badgering Christians with evidences of salvation pertaining to speaking in tongues etc as proof. And I also disagree with the notion that these men were saved "because" they were baptized, confessed, and repented thereby going through the outward motions or works of what other men require us do for conversion to satisfy them for initiation into their church. As to when the Holy Spirit is received concerning salvation Acts does not contradict any other book in the OT and NT. However, certain gifts were for a particular event such as the fulfillment that occurred at Pentecost or equipping certain peoples for offices which not everybody receives for the building up of the church [Apostles] or illumination [Pastors, Teachers, Evangelist].
  16. E Morales

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    It’s your world I’m just living in it.
  17. Faber

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    This is classic. Dude, you are awesome. We gotta hang out.
  18. Ha! If a person does not have the Spirit then they are not saved (Romans 8:9; 1 John 4:13). They did not receive the Holy Spirit until the imposition of Paul's hands (Acts 19:6). Thus they could only perform their spiritual gifts only after they had received the Holy Spirit.
  19. James

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    I agree with you here, Christian singles will be dedicated to finding that other person, they want to solely be actively searching for a life partner, not debating about theology as there are places elsewhere to do this. As I have pointed out before, there will be many married and settled users who only wish to debate and use a forum. These types of users won't be interested in dating (obviously). They could do without lustful messages from single admirers, right? They could also do without the urge to sin by pursuing an admirer, which could cost them their marriage & more. I have asked weather this will become a dating site with a forum attached or a forum with a dating section (which I would prefer) but got very little of confirmation to my question. I wouldn't like to see userbase fall again. Without a doubt in my mind. A Protestant forum with a singles section & a chat room is the way to go, it pleases most people this way with both being available if wanted. If I had to read between the lines, money is involved here. So I expect my opinions along with others to be ignored. Financially it might make sense to merge the two together for the hosts, so expect all rational & logical thinking to go out the window. I'll play it by ear, what will be.. will be, but I would prefer a forum as that's what I joined for. You aren't the only one who is confused. I'm glad your wife is understanding in nature, as some may not be. I hope users marriages won't be lost due to misinformation & heavy pockets!
  20. Dean Scott

    When Should Christians Use Satire?

    I like satire because it is/can be a quick, succinct, intellegent, effective means to cut through BS Thinking in a way nothing else can do. However, as stated already, sometimes people don't "get it" and those are often the very persons the sarcasm is for... to expose their inconsistent, foolish, incoherent "thinking". And therein lies the problem.
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  22. Becky

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    LOL You are funny @E Morales
  23. E Morales

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    Thanks that’s better. Switched
  24. William

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    At the footer of the website there's a theme menu option. You can select the CF theme which is not dating oriented.
  25. E Morales

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    Hello William, this is E for Edwin. what I meant regarding the debates was the chats and forums discussions. When I logged on my wife asked me, why am I on a Christian dating Website? I told her that this was the Christian protestant forum and that they were making upgrades. Everything is good, I guess there is just a large platform that this website is covering, which is good in a way. Just giving you my two cents, have a nice day.
  26. Dean Scott

    Getting kind-of Romantic around here...

    E (what is our first name??)... Well, we are looking at it as more of a Forum where Members can create and discuss anything they wish... from the 2nd Amendment to Divorce to the Credo/Paedo Baptism Issue or the pain or joy we are going through. In such as discussion we can get to know each other better. Controversy sometimes brings out parts of our personalities unlike anything else. Does the person receive admonishment, display anger... etc.?? Dean
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