Purity is an idea culture has rejected, so when we take a biblical view of purity, we see a huge gap between what our world says and what God commands. This month, we’re defining purity and discovering why it matters to our lives. We’ll discover that we’re called to live holy, pure lives, which often means standing out from the world around us and setting our own standards for how we’ll behave, what we’ll say, and what we’ll consume.
How Long Will This Series Run?
|1 Week Only!
Purity: What is purity?
Purity: Guard Your Heart
Purity: What Happens Next?
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Teaching Points & Key Verses
1 Week Only: 30-Second Theology– Instead of having one point this week, we’ll have five different points and verses. Challenge your students to pick the one that they connect with the most.
Week 1– God, not the world, tells us how to define purity.
Key Verse: Matthew 5:8 NIV
Week 2– Guard your heart because that’s where it starts.
Key Verse: Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Week 3– Set the standard.
Key Verse: Psalm 119:9 NIV
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Heart Behind the Series:
At this stage in their faith, we know students have real questions about what they believe. The more we give them the freedom to express those questions, those doubts, and those uncertainties, the more likely their faith will last later. Keep that in mind as we enter a month about purity. When we talk about purity, we don’t just mean in romantic relationships—although we will get into that. While some students still think of romance as a barf-worthy concept, others are becoming interested in the idea of being more than friends with someone. But purity is more than what we choose to do or not to do. It’s a state of pursuing God’s standard in every area of our lives.
For 5th and 6th grade students, purity looks like a lot of things, including watching what they watch on YouTube, avoiding impure language, setting restrictions on what movies and media they consume, and much more. Help your students set their standards on what they’ll say and how they’ll behave, because when they choose their own limits, they’ll be much more likely to follow them. Give them tools for how to make wise decisions about what is pure and what’s not, but allow for healthy discussions—because it’s much better for them to give you their real answers than “right” ones they don’t actually live by.
As we kick off the month of February, we’ll start off with a fan favorite—30-Second Theology! We’ll have five different points and verses, but challenge your students to pick just one of their favorite truths to talk about. Challenge them to live it out this week, and capitalize on new students and fun activities in the lobby by creating an open space for students to feel connected and comfortable.
The second week of February—just in time for Valentine’s Day—we start our series about purity. We’ll uncover that culture has some distorted views of what purity and love look like, and we’ll discover what God says about purity and love instead.
In week two of our series, we’ll talk about guarding our hearts. As much as students may despise the parental controls that govern their worlds—what would they really think if everything were unlocked for a day? It may be scarier than they realize! We’ll also talk about finding the right filters today so that we can make wiser choices tomorrow. Help students set some boundaries and discover whether their current filters are strong enough to withstand the choices life will throw at them.
Finally, we’ll finish the series with a fun segment they’re definitely wondering about—how to be more than friends with someone. And we’ll reiterate the importance of setting their standards now for who they want to be later. Students need to know they have power, and setting standards is one way they get to decide their future—a lot of power and a great responsibility. Help them develop good judgment for which behaviors will help them and which behaviors will hurt them.
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