The crowded room of parents was the predictable mixture of excitedly curious, silently awkward, and nervously giddy. I was leading another seminar for Christian parents talking about how to do sex education at home. Right away in the first chapters of Genesis, before sin enters the picture, we are told two important truths about sex: it is goodand it is powerful.
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W hen do you bring up the topic of sex to your children? How do you talk to your children about sex? What should you tell them is the purpose of sex?
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While the topic of teens and sex may make you squirm, please hang in there for the sake of young person you know and love. For as Jennifer Parker warns, "Peer pressure, physical longings and conflicting signals from secular voices," mixed with fear and curiosity, can make any teen vulnerable to temptation. And as much as we would like to believe that Christian teens are immune to sexual pressure, the evidence suggests that some teens need more support from Christian adults like us.
Purity ceremonies and abstinence pledges are widespread across churches but one youth pastor suggests the common practice in its current context may be outdated. In the event of one purity ceremony where teens promised to wait until marriage to have sex, Justin Spurlock, director of youth ministries at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, Calif. Just before the purity ceremony, a bi-annual teaching series on sexuality at the church Spurlock was to begin ministering at featured "scattered" scripture verses discussing sexuality and relationships, the abstinence message and talks on consequences of premarital sex.
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Growing up, neither of our parents taught us about sex. As a matter of fact, not only did the world teach both of us about sex, neither of us grew up in a Christian household. Can you relate? And it felt so good.
The very word fires up strong emotions. Our culture is prideful of its sexual openness. Religious or not, 86 percent of unmarried young adults ages in the United States have had sex, 78 percent have had sex in the last year, and 55 percent are in a current sexual relationship.