On Sunday we launched two new three week series with the students. Sean taught week one in a series on the New Testament letter, Titus, while I took on the first week in a sex series with the high school kids. For those of you curious, you can always listen to the high school teaching on our student ministry podcast (I’ll post the audio later this week).
Using The Complete New Testament Resource, Volume 1 from Youth Specialties as a launching pad for the series, Sean led the middle school in a study of chapter one of Titus. A follow up idea for at home would be to reread chapter one together as a family and use the following questions as a discussion starter:
- How did Paul feel about those who were “teaching things they ought not to teach” (v. 11)?
- What were the false teachers (rebellious people) doing that Paul so strongly condemned?
- What do rebellious people in the church do that hurts the church?
- What do a leader’s actions reveal about his relationship with God?
- How did Paul want Titus to respond to these false teachers?
This week I began a three-week series on the topic of dating, sex, and relationships. I used the above video as an intro to the series. We’re using the series ‘God’s plan for great sex’ from the Live Curriculum, a great four year resource we’ve been using this year in our small groups and some Sunday mornings. While this can be an uncomfortable topic for some, the Bible has a lot to say about sex. We started this week by looking at the creation story and the first man and woman (Genesis 2:18-25). This passage describes how God made Eve just for Adam. She was a beautiful gift and partner for Adam. God presented her to Adam, and he took her to be his wife. The passage was also tells us they experienced an intimacy that went deeper than just a physical relationship.
Our goal in this series is to help teenagers understand that even though friends and culture bombard them with the message that sex before marriage is normal, this is not God’s plan. God wants married couples to have an amazing sex life—which is achieved by following God’s plan.
This week, I’d encourage you to take time to talk with your teenager about the topic of dating, sex, and relationships. Use this series as an excuse to trigger some conversation; one of the things that studies have shown help students stay strong in the face of so much temptation and pressure is ongoing and repeated conversations with their parent(s). Here are some possible ideas to discuss:
- Sex isn’t a bad thing, but an amazing moment between two individuals, and like everything God has created it is better when we follow God’s plan.
- If you have questions about sex, do you feel comfortable asking me about it? Or, do you only feel comfortable discussing it with your friends?
- Do your friends’ view of sex line up with God’s view, or is it different?
And just a reminder: If you have any questions or concerns as our small groups go through this series, you’re always welcome to call me!
*EDIT: The podcast feed is now updated with the audio.