"Each one has his own gift, one of one kind and one of another" (1 Corinthians 7:8)
Marriage and singleness are gifts of God, given to us for us to serve him in his world. For two weeks at SKG, we're getting into the Bible to hear from God what he made them to be and what he gives them for.
The gift of marriage (mostly Genesis 2) - click to listen, right-click to save
The gift of singleness
We were looking at 1 Corinthians 7, where Paul's basic advice to all of us is "remain as you are" (26) and his application of that to single people is "marriage is good, singleness is often better":
He who marries...does right, but he who does not marry her does even better. (v38)
Obviously we need to work through a chapter like this carefully so that we don't reduce a complex issue to simple sound bytes (like the ones above!) - unfortunately our talk didn't record properly. So can I highly recommend Charlie Skrine's talk on 1 Corinthians 7:25-40. I think it is an excellent blend of careful listening to the text and thoughtful application to 21st century London. (Note that it's the last of a series, so the Q&A at the end - while helpful - is not all directly on this topic.)