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Start the Conversation
You may have heard that I (Pastor Joe) dunked my hands in the toilet this week. I ran out of the room to do so, and when I came back in – it was weird – no one wanted me to touch them.
In similar fashion, the main with leprosy that we meet in Luke 5:12 is not supposed to be near people. Leprosy was very contagious and everyone in the village would have taken cover when they saw him coming.
But not Jesus. In fact, Jesus does not become unclean by touching the man “filled with leprosy”. Instead, Jesus makes the unclean man perfectly clean!!
I talked to the kids about how sin is like our leprosy. We are filled with it and have no way to make ourselves clean. But if we will come to Jesus – like the man with leprosy – and ask him to clean all of our sin, he will always respond in the same way that he responds to the man with leprosy.
“I will – be clean!”
Our main point of the sermon this week in Collide was:
Jesus can make me clean!
Start the conversation:
- In the sermon, I talked about some of the things that are defined as sin. In order to come to Jesus, we must first recognize our problem – sin! It might be good to talk about where we sin our own lives. Perhaps sharing a bit about the areas where you struggle with sin might be a good place to start. Hopefully this will give your kids the freedom to share a bit with you about their sin areas.
- Remind yourself and your kids that we cannot clean ourselves. This is at the core of the gospel – all of our good works are like filthy rags in comparison to Christ.
- Jesus is the only one who can clean us up. On the cross he trades his perfection for our dirty, sinful hearts. When we repent of our sins and receive this truth in faith, we are immediately clean in the eyes of God and are adopted in Jesus’ family.
- Maybe your son or daughter is ready to repent and believe and start their relationship with Jesus this week! Ask them! And if they are ready to start that journey, let us know. We have a great devotional for new believers!
Thanks to everyone who brought a friend to our game night at Impact. We had a great night of fun and fellowship!
From Pastor Joe
"I am convinced that the human heart hungers for constancy. In forfeiting the sanctity of sex by casual, nondiscriminatory “making out” and “sleeping around,” we forfeit something we cannot well do without. There is dullness, monotony, sheer boredom in all of life when virginity and purity are no longer protected and prized."
A few years ago I was in the car with one of the guys from CVCYouth. We had just gone fishing and we were just talking about life. I asked him this question:
“What is the main sin issue in your school? What is the thing that has gotten the most out of hand?”
With zero hesitation or need to think about he blurted out, “Oh, sex – by FAR! It seems like everyone is having sex. It seems like parents are even promoting it.”
“What do you mean that parents are promoting it?!” I responded a bit bewildered.
“Moms are so concerned about their daughters being popular and accepted that they promote it. They just put them on the pill.”
This absolutely blew my mind.
I had a conversation with one of our youth leaders last week and he mentioned how easy it is for kids to have access to sexuality explicit material. He noted that when he was young you had to find a magazine somewhere and bury it at a friend’s house so you wouldn’t get caught. Now – kids have access to the world on their phones. AND the world has access to them.
I talk with parents rather often that come to me devastated by what they find on their son or daughter’s devices. We live in a world that is waging war on the hearts and minds of our children.
This is important to remember. The aim of Christian parenting is not to simply deal with behavior, but to get to the heart. We are not legalists. Our aim is not to develop behavior modification, but to point our children to Jesus who can give them a heart transplant! Once their affections are transformed, their behaviors will be transformed as well.
This means that when we teach our kids about sex and sexuality, we approach these things from a distinctly Christian worldview. We make choices based on what God says instead of what the world says. We begin with relationship with our kids instead of detached rules. Because the Spirit of God lives in us, we can respond in biblical ways instead of relying on our own opinions or how we might have been raised.
Focus on the Family has provided some great articles and helps for having these conversations and pointing our kids back to Christ.
This links will send you to the page where you will see a ton of articles that might apply to your specific situation. My hope is that these will be a help to your family!