It might be casual sex, or friends with benefits, or a full fledged monogamous relationship.
Laying a solid foundation in this area is a parental reponsibility, but the church has a responsibility to hold the family accountable to the Word of God.
There are five distinct phases of courtship occurring as non-verbal communications that all people, no matter where they live or what culture they belong to, obey and follow in the attempt to create a pair bond.
What follows is a short explanation of each of the five phases of courtship, with a link to more detailed information.
Instead, you know this is someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, and thus, one of the two is pulling out all the stops to demonstrate their suitability and commitment for long term love.
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co.
I could not unlove him, because I felt sure he would soon marry this very lady--because I read daily in her a proud security in his intentions respecting her--because I witnessed hourly in him a style of from any charm that could make a woman wish for its continuance; and Miss Lucas, who accepted him solely from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment, cared not how soon that establishment were gained.
There may not be a lot of similarities when it comes to the application of courtship, flirting, and mating around the world, but the intention is always the same: to create sexual intimacy between two people, which normally occurs through a complex exchange of verbal and non-verbal communication.
A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval.
Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage.
If we want our young people to be prepared for marriage these are the questions that we must ask: In answering these questions, we need to know the criteria by which the answers must be judged.
Our culture finds it hard to make such judgements because the dating scene seems to be an expression of "teenagers in love" - and love is thought to be something that just happens, over which we have no control.