Parents we desire to partner with you through these difficult teenage years. There is no better influencer in a child's life than his parents. We want learn from you and with you.
Here is some information we hope will help parents.
Some background: The values in our society have changed dramatically over the last few years. In a survey by Josh McDowell of students who attend church regularly, 43% had intercourse by age 18, 35% of 17-year-olds said they have engaged in sexual intercourse, and 26% of 16-year-olds said they had had intercourse. Your student is bombarded with conflicting messages about sex every single day. They hear different messages from television, radio, school, parents, and church. They have so many questions and so many struggles when it comes to this topic. As a way to counteract these influences, be in constant communication with your student about God's plan for their purity. We encourage you and want to provide ways to talk to your students openly and honestly about this subject throughout their teen years. Communication is the key to having trust and dialogue with your student.
Here are some tips:
Know what is on your kids myspace, Facebook, and twitter account.
Know what websites they frequent. Get filtering systems to protect your child from internet pornography. Visit www.FilterReview.com for information on finding a service that is right for you.
Know your student's culture: Read magazines, listen to their music, watch what they watch. According to a new study on television content, the number of sexual scenes has doubled since 1998. The study (Sex on TV 4) released by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows among the top 20 most watched shows by teens, 70% include sexual content, and nearly half (45%) include sexual behavior. Among the 20 most highly rated shows for teen viewers, ONLY 10% of those with sexual content include a reference to any consequences of sexual activity at some point in the episode. Visit www.cpyu.org for the newest student trends.
Scriptures for sexual purity: (New International Version)
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5: It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in a passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20: Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God... You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
1 Timothy 5:2: Treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
Colossians 3:5: Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
2 Corinthians 10:5: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
Proverbs 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Job 31:1a: "I have made a covenant with my eyes."
Ephesians 5:2-3: And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.
Isaiah 1:18: "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, [God says] I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool."
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