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My son said he was really helped in high school by the books shown here:

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To date or not to date. That is the question. Sunday school lesson plan

That is indeed the question. The hottest topic on the minds of Junior High age kids as the hormones ramp up to a fever pitch. What we teach is of grave concern to parents as well. Lots of great stuff has been written on this subject by very learned people. I have been a part of teaching Joshua Harris' book "I kissed Dating Goodbye" (shown below) as a six week series with the boys and girls separated. It was good to team-teach with a younger youth leader. He could empathize with the young men because he was still in the midst of the battle himself. I added a perspective from the long end of the battle that he could not.

While Joshua's approach is not to date at all, my Sunday School lesson aims to get kids thinking about their responsibility in a loving relationship, not just what a relationship can do for them.

Kids do not want to be told not to date. They're going to date. What they want is a biblical approach to relationships. My Sunday school lesson does that.

My teenage son received lots of help and good advice from the books shown below.

This makes a good Valentines Day Sunday school lesson. Talk about their motives about why they want a Valentine.

463198: Live Large, Be Different, Shine Bright Live Large, Be Different, Shine Bright
By Doug Fields & Josh Griffin / Group Publishing

Equip your teens to shine brightly as Christian men and women of character---and make a difference in their communities and the world! Drawing on Bible stories and their years in youth ministry, Fields and Griffin help students intentionally work toward personal growth in vital areas such as integrity, encouragement, humor, happiness, and more. 148 pages, softcover from Group.
521676: Boy Meets Girl Boy Meets Girl
By Joshua Harris / Multnomah

If you're fed up with self-centered relationships that end in disillusionment, it's time to rethink romance. Finding the loving, committed relationships you want shouldn't mean throwing away your hopes, your integrity, or your heart. Joshua Harris makes the case, for courtship. As old-fashioned as it might sound, courtship is what modern day relationships desperately need. Think of it as romance chaperoned by wisdom, cared for by community, and directed by God's word. Filled with inspiring stories of men and women who have rediscovered courtship.
477652: Pure Sex: 4-Week DVD Curriculum Pure Sex: 4-Week DVD Curriculum
By Craig Gross & Cris Clapp / Group Publishing

The easiest way to embarrass many youth workers isn't to volunteer them for a whacky game, through them into a costume for your video announcements, or show old pictures of them from junior high--though these are really great ideas!

No, the easiest way is to ask them to lead a small group discussion about sex. It's the topic that consumes the minds of teenagers and seemingly infiltrates every corner of our culture, yet too often we in church get away with a weak, tepid response and poor teaching on sex. Your students desperately need guidance, wisdom, and truth; how can you best respond?

Drive right to the heart of the matter with the four-lessons in this DVD based curriculum featuring Craig Cross--founder of Cris Clapp Logan--an internet safety expert, artist and writer.

The Four Sessions
1. Is Purity Still Possible?
2. Land of XXX
3. How Far is Too Far?
4. For the guys: Masturbation/For the Girls: Girl Stuff

The curriculum includes loads of useful materials to help you including discussion guides, promotional materials, and more. And because all of the resources are able to be edited and reproducible, you can remove away and infuse them with your ministry's own unique objectives.
0837007: Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain  
Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
This book has real answers and strategies that can set you free of porn.
838424: Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free  
Offers spiritual, practical and corporate resources for living porn free.

525191: Sex Is Not the Problem, Lust Is Sex Is Not the Problem, Lust Is
By Joshua Harris / Multnomah

An equal opportunity destroyer, lust targets males and females alike. Discover the enemy's secret strategies-and fight back to win lasting freedom. Straightforward without being graphic, Harris's handbook offers practical advice for combating unholy urges, resisting temptation, and embracing godly desire.

Panicked parents will ask you to teach these Sunday school lesson on teen dating hoping that they will not have to have "the talk" with their teen. Be careful that you do not give the impression that this will solve all of their teenagers dating challenges. The responsibility of being an upright Christian influence is still the parents responsibility.

We should make these books, full of wonderful advice, available to the teens. However, teenagers must be free to make these decisions, right or wrong. All of them will face the challenge of self-control on this basic level. If the Holy Spirit is firmly seated in the teens heart they will want to make the right decisions.

For the parent it is more an issue of trust in The Lord. They must be willing to allow their teenagers to make their own decisions. Kids learn by doing, they learn from the consequences of making mistakes. A parent can not and should not protect their child from every pitfall of life. They should, more importantly, be there as a source of unconditional love and support as God is with us.

521358: I Kissed Dating Goodbye, A New Attitude Toward Romance and  Relationships I Kissed Dating Goodbye, A New Attitude Toward Romance and Relationships
By Joshua Harris / Multnomah

Are you fed up with the sham and charade of the dating game? Harris understands because he's been there. His honest and refreshing approach to dating challenges today's dating practices and offers practical, biblical alternatives. Discover how living a life of love, sexual purity, and purposeful singleness can help you build godly, satisfying relationships.
944569: Every Teenager"s Little Black Book on Sex and Dating  

This little book makes a great gift or a surprising prize for winning a game.

Every Teenager's
Little Black Book on
Sex and Dating

Teens and adults alike love the short, simple lists and bullet points filled with humor and hard-hitting truths.

315161: Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti  
   Teen gender guide---filled with humor and fun examples---to help young men and women better understand themselves and the opposite sex at a pivotal time in their social lives. Includes chapters on brain development, social habits, emotions, and more.

Do you have a PORN problem?

According to the website the average age of the first exposure to pornography is 11 years old. 90% of kids 8-16 have viewed porn online, most them while doing homework. And this no longer a guy problem. Both teen males and females are being robbed of a moral centered perspective on sex due to pornography. Whether you know it or not, your youth group has a PORN problem. Check out the books shown in the left column for help combating PORN.

Here is a 25 minute video, one for guys, and one for girls, on the real-life effects of pornography.

457998: Every Young Man"s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation  

A survival guide for male teens and young adults struggling with sexual temptation. Learn how to help young men implement a practical "battle plan"---exchanging shame and confusion for a positive, thriving relationship with Christ.
We used these two exceptional books, Every Young Man's Battle, and Every Young Woman's Battle, to teach a series of classes on these good sexual questions:
  • Why is my faith keeping me from the fun everybody else is having?
  • Why do I think about sex so much?
  • Why should I obey God when nobody else seems to—even grownups?
  • Is doing this OK with God?
  • What do I really believe about God?
  • How far is too far?
  • Why does God expect so much of me?

458001: Every Young Woman"s Battle with Workbook  

The only way you can survive the intense struggle for sexual integrity is by guarding not just your body, but your mind and heart as well. Every Woman's Battle can help you learn to do that.
For this series of Sunday School lessons on sexual purity we separated the boys and girls. We had both a younger and older leader in each class. The younger leader identified with the youth in their current struggles. The older leader was able to give hard life examples of having fought the battle and the lifelong implications for the decisions they'd make today. It worked really well. Sunday school lessons about dating are always a hot topic. This is a good Valentines day Sunday school lesson.
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