Teaching Children Healthy Sexuality

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Our culture is saturated with dysfunctional, self-indulgent views of sex, and teenagers are a constant target of advertising that promotes it. No matter how hard the world presses, however, nothing will speak so loudly as what parents teach their children. Watch this real life story of the impact that one parent's view of sexuality had on his son.

What a parent modes and teaches about sexuality in the home will have a lasting positive or negative impact. Jarrod found freedom in Christ but still struggled with the old lies that came from his father. 

In this post we'll hear from Jim Burns, author and the President of HomeWord, which is an organization that helps families succeed by creating biblical resources for their growth. In this first video, Jim explains the positive impact of healthy sexual education in the home and offers his advice to parents to teach these things to their children from a young age.

How old are your kids now? How are you teaching them positive value-centered sex education that is appropriate for their age?
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Who or what do you think is the most influential sex educator to your kids right now? How can make yourself and your spouse, speaking from Scripture, the primary sex educator to your children?
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Do your kids know that they can come to you with any of their questions or concerns about sexuality? How can you make your relationship with your kids more open in this regard?
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The purity code states, "In honor of God, my family and my future spouse, I commit to sexual purity." Read 1 Corinthians 6:19–20, Romans 12:2, Psalm 119:37 and Proverbs 4:23. How can you teach this to your kids? What will you tell them sexual purity means in a real world sense, and how could you explain the concept of honor?
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Currently, one of the biggest challenges regarding sexuality in our culture is in the area of gender identity confusion. Listen to Jim talk about how we can to talk to our kids regarding issues of sexuality.

Jim said that only 1.5 to 2% of our population are gay, but 10% struggle with gender identity confusion. Do these statistics surprise you? What messages do you think your children are receiving about the gay and lesbian lifestyle from you and the culture around them?
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What does God have to say about homosexuality? Take a look at these passages of Scripture. 
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9–11
  • Romans 1:18–2:4
  • Matthew 15:16–20

What perspective and belief do you want your children to have about this issue? How can you frame your conversations with them to help facilitate a God-honoring, biblical understanding?
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If your son or daughter is going to make good, value-centered sexual choices on their own, it will start with good biblical teaching from you in the home.

Jim Burns has written many books on the subject of teaching healthy sexuality to kids of all ages. To see his resources, including God Made Your Body, Parenting Teenagers for Positive Results and Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality, you can visit his organization's website here.