I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is Authentic Love: Christ, Culture, and the Pursuit of Purity. Our student team helped write this blog.
While every generation of student ministry leaders, parents, and educators have been concerned about sexual activity and the implications among adolescents, a deeper issue is beneath the surface: personal holiness for God’s people. The Scripture commands us “to be holy as He is holy.” In Authentic Love: Christ, Culture, and the Pursuit of Purity, D.A. Horton discusses how this verse challenges and confronts us:
“We are not like God. We are not holy. We are sinners, and our minds—our very ability to grasp God, has been tainted by sin to such a degree that we cannot please God (Rom. 8:8). This presents us with a seemingly unsolvable problem. God commands us to be holy and yet we are incapable of making ourselves holy.”
Ultimately, the answer is Christ who gives us His holiness. After we have received Christ’s holiness, we are to walk in it. And in order to help students understand the concept of personal holiness, we must focus on 6 key areas.
American culture tells us that we can be anything we want, that our identity and purpose is for us to decide. While this message sounds full of hope and opportunity, every dream we pursue outside of Christ will leave us empty and unfulfilled. As God’s crowning creation, we have been given an identity and purpose that exceeds everything the world could offer.
How would the lives of teenagers we love change if they fully grasped the depths of the forgiveness and redemption that Christ offers us in Himself?
The world offers an endless number of counterfeit “loves,” but only Christ offers the one true love that lays a foundation for personal holiness. When we know and experience the love of God, the world’s cheap imitations become wildly unappealing.
Learning true humility is vital for personal holiness, because it requires us to take on a posture of coachability. When we submit ourselves to God, He is faithful to move us toward true personal holiness.
Our culture encourages us to follow our desires wherever they might lead. However, as believers, we know that living outside the boundaries God has lovingly established for us only leads to destruction. Romans 13:11-14 exhorts us to sacrifice our fleshly desires and put on Christ’s righteousness.
The Christian life is about daily submission to Christ. We must lean on Him daily, trust Him daily, and daily die to ourselves.
These are exactly the truths that D.A. Horton and Amy-Jo Girardier focus on in Authentic Love, a resource designed to show 7th-12th grade students how to live lives marked by purity as a result of gospel transformation. Enter here or in the form below by 11:59pm tonight, June 21, 2017 for your chance to win one Authentic Love Leader’s Guide (includes videos and one personal study guide for girls and guys) and 4 additional personal study guides for girls and guys.