Thursday, February 24, 2011

Speaking on Purity

So last night Justin and I gave the message at Elevate Student Ministries... and of course we spoke on purity.

We think it went pretty well. The night started out with a little worship and it totally set me in the right place to begin speaking. When worship was over we jumped in and started! Justin gave his testimony, and then I gave mine (why is mine always so much longer?). Then we gave our couple's testimony. That was my favorite part because we kept going back and forth giving bits of info about our dating life. I love how people are so shocked when they find out we didn't kiss until we were at the altar getting married.
Our first kiss.
After our testimonies we played this video:
I think it got the point across. Well, once the video was done we read two verses:
        1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, “3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 6:18-2018 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
We explained the verses and then jumped into our "notes":
       How to stay pure:
a.     Surrendering your will to God
                                 i.      Megan’s conversion
                                 ii.      Matthew 12:30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”
b.     Establish boundaries
                                 i.      Megan dating promise
                                 ii.      Only date Christians (2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”)
c.      Be accountable
                                 i.      Justin’s grandparents
                                 ii.      Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

 I at the end of the service we passed out purity pledge cards and asked them to pray about their decision. I am excited to say that about half of the students signed a pledge! I pray they will have the strength to stick with it. It's tough, but so worth it.

2 comments:

  1. Hey Megan,
    You know, I think you have a valuable experience to share with young people. Not a lot of people have a story like yours, that encourages young students that purity IS possible, that they CAN do it.

    But (and I really felt I HAD to say something about this) I really believe that the video you showed was a terrible thing to put in front of students as a reason to stay pure. It sends this message: If you don't stay pure, no one will want you. It's based on fear, and for anyone in the audience who's already messed up that area, it will inspire a lot of shame in addition to fear. But most importantly, it is not true.

    Because the thing is, Jesus wants the bottle of water that's been passed around and used by a ton of people. And Jesus wouldn't need to be paid $5 or $10 bucks to take it. He would actually offer to pay in his own blood for the impure one. It would be His JOY to do so.

    But Jesus takes it a whole step further. Because of Him, we have the Holy Spirit that enables us to forgive one another. And because of that, "impure" people are not only chosen by His people, but desired and loved. When a follower of Jesus gives grace to someone who has "been around" and gives them a chance to start over, and pursues and loves them and cherishes them as a precious mate, it is a direct working out of God's grace and mercy toward us. It's blatantly untrue that no one would ever choose the impure one. It's a denial of God's grace and His working in this world in the hearts of His followers.

    Again, I really respect the story you and Justin have, and I know your testimonies are so valuable. I really love and appreciate you guys a lot. But this video....I'm just too passionate about this issue not to say anything. People need the message that Jesus wants them, no matter how often they've been passed around. Jesus would pay for them. Jesus gives other people grace toward them, even a potential spouse. I hope you'll consider sharing this view with your students.

    Beth

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  2. Don't worry Beth! We didn't use that video that way. The youth were aware of all the reasons. We used that video as an ice-breaker, not as a reason to stay pure. Thank you for your concern though.

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