As we are talking about issues with Purity and Sex in our weekly Middle School environments, I want to be honest with you as a Middle School Parent… I don’t like these talks either! This stuff is personal, and yet we live in a world that entices us to make our personal issues public, while exploiting every bit of them for whatever means are out there. That is a main reason the Oakwood Student Ministry carries that mindset that “SOMETHING MUST BE SAID” in regards to God’s Plan and what we are up against on a daily basis.
The second thing I want you to know is that, even though I am a Pastor in this area, I am still hoping and praying for my own kids to walk rightly in the Lord and choose a life of Purity. That is why Laura and I have been intentional with Katie, as she entered 6th grade, and Noah, as he is midway through 5th grade, to enter into the conversation about sex and God’s view of purity within His plan.
Our advice to you, whether you use this material or not, is to intentionally plan a time that is best for you and your child to have the deep conversations that will direct the future of your child’s sexuality toward Godly Wisdom, rather than the standards brought forth by the culture and worldly views we live in today.
Noah and I Toured the 750 foot tall Tower of the Americas during our Passport 2 Purity Getaway.
By the way, my time with Noah was not ALL SERIOUS stuff! I’m not that boring and he can’t stay still for that long. We planned a Spurs Game outing, ate tons of pancakes at IHOP, played games at Dave and Buster’s, and enjoyed some one-on-one time together. Yes, we shared deep things dealing with the purity issues of today, but we also connected in a way that will set up an ongoing conversation in the days to come. That, in my mind, is priceless.
Laura and I recommend Passport 2 Purity and the Family Life Ministry, because we know we need tools to help launch us into this teenage phase of life. We hope and pray that all our Middle School Parents have the opportunity to do the same, because we have already seen the positive impact.
If you are interested in the materials, click on the image and links below:
None of Your Business is a four-part series centered around the topic of sex. The goal is to help your middle schooler both understand God’s design for sex and begin to think about healthy boundaries and practices when it comes to sex. Though it may be an awkward, new, or serious conversation for students in this phase to have, it’s an important one that will help them frame their curiosity, impulses, choices, and experiences concerning sex in a healthy, God-designed way.
Part 1, Feb 9
GENESIS 1:27-28a; GENESIS 2:25; GENESIS 2:24 Sex is good, and sex is powerful.
Part 2, Feb 12
1 CORINTHIANS 6:18-20 Technology is good, and technology is powerful.
Part 3, Feb 16
1 JOHN 1:5-7; 1 JOHN 1:8-9 Confession is good, and confession is powerful.
Part 4, Feb 19
1 CORINTHIANS 6:18; 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20; 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 Boundaries are good, and boundaries are powerful.
Duncan Campbell is a local Youth Ministry friend and creative mind that has a desire to use his gifts to engage the community with the Love of Jesus… and maybe some laughter too.
With creative live photography, live music, a dash of comedy, and examples from science and the Bible, Christian author Duncan Campbell delivers an inspiring and innovative presentation on how everything is connected, full of mysterious wonder, and heading toward hope.
As we journey through the Bible together, it is helpful to gain insight into the depth and meaning of the Old Testament Books. The Bible Project is a great resource for overview videos and explanations for Biblical Themes. These seem to be short and engaging enough to help adults, as well as teenagers understand what the OT is all about.
We are excited to partner with LeaderTreks to serve in Austin, Tx. This will be a leadership mission experience like none other, right up the road on I-35.
Dates: June 28- July 3
Trip Cost: $445
Trip Max: 25
Why AUSTIN? (WHY NOT?)
Keep Austin Weird. The City of Austin’s motto is lived out through its artistic culture and love of food trucks. But with any rapidly growing big city, there are also underserved neighborhoods. Through our local partnerships, students will learn how the church is responding to these needs in very real ways. Your team will serve in a variety of local ministries, ranging from a food pantry to a rescue mission. Students will also get the opportunity to explore Austin during our Adventure Race and they’ll kayak through historic Lady Bird Lake.
Through our various partnerships, students will gain insight into what ministry in an urban environment really looks like. Opportunities include: soup kitchen, working at a neighborhood outreach center, and more.
Students will have the opportunity to explore downtown Austin during the Urban Adventure Race, kayak Lady Bird Lake, explore local parks and conservatories, and go hiking.
Meet at Oakwood to Travel together Sunday, June 28
Return Saturday, July 4 after morning debrief around Noon.