The Bible teaches you are supposed to marry before having sex or having a child
You may know many adults who live together without being married. This is seen everywhere, but that doesn't make it right with God. In the Book of Genesis, The Bible teaches that God created man and woman to marry and have children. In that order. He created sex so married couples could have children and raise families. It is against God's commandments for people who are not married to have sex. This is called "fornication". In 1 Corinthians chapter 6, the Bible teaches that fornication is a sin. God dislikes it so much in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 we see that those who practice fornication and won't stop, can't get into heaven. However they can still get in, if they will stop doing it and repent---say they're sorry to God. That's pretty serious. Also if you will look around, you will see that many people who have sex before they are married suffer other ways too. The women don't have husbands often. And that means kids don't often have dads. The family struggles financially. What if they had done it God's way and waited until marriage to have sex?
Those who have sex before marriage must stop doing the sin and ask God to forgive them. As mentioned, if they will he will forgive them and then they can go to heaven. Why risk it in the first place? When we obey God he blesses us. Some people say, "It's hard not to have sex." But the Bible teaches that "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13).
It is hard to resist sex when it's in music, movies and everywhere people are telling you to do it or you're not cool. They're wrong. Having sex before marriage will hurt you. Pray and ask him to help you live his way and you'll be blessed to have the kind of family god wants for you. Wait until you are married and have sex and have your child only then.
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Lesson 4: What
makes you different
as a young Christian
What is a Christian? A Christian is anyone who believes that Jesus is the son of God who died for the sins of people and then rose again from the dead. The Bible teaches in John 3:16 and Romans 10:9 that anyone who admits they are a sinner, believes this Jesus is God's son, and asks him with their mouth to forgive their sins and be lord and savior, will not perish---meaning will not go to hell, but will receive eternal life---meaning they will go to heaven and live with God forever. Is everyone a Christian? No. In fact, there are many other religions in the world. Only Christianity teaches that Jeus is God's only son and that belief in him is what allows a person to go to heaven. Other major religions include the Muslims, Jewish faith or Judaism, or Hinduisum. They do not believe that Jesus is God's son and that faith in him is the way to go to heaven.
You will hear people say that there are many paths to heaven and that Jesus is only one of those ways to get to heaven. But the Christian Bible does not agree. In John 14:6 Jesus himself said, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me." What that means is that Jesus is saying you cannot get to heaven unless you make a decision to believe in him and ask him to be your savior and Lord. What do those words mean? Well, all people are sinners. We all struggle with sin. Do you know anyone who is perfect? Neither do any of us. We all struggle with sin. What is sin? A sin is to something God has told you not to do. Because God is righteous (does everything right) he must punish all sin. The Bible teaches that the price for sin is death. That means that we are all supposed to die and go to hell because all of us sin. But Jesus was willing to die as a substitute for you and for me. That means God allowed him to die in our place. In other words he paid the penalty for our sins. But for that to happen we must accept Jesus as our savior---meaning he is the one whose death freed us from dying. And we must accept him as our Lord---meaning he is he one who shows us how to live and he is in charge of us. To receive this free gift of salvation (going to heaven), you must pray and ask for it. You can pray this simple prayer: "Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me and for dying for me. I ask that you will forgive me of my sins. I am willing to turn my life over to you. I believe you are the son of God. I am willing to live for you. I accept you as my savior and my Lord. Amen.
Christians have problems just like all other people. In fact, we have an enemy, the Devil who tries to discourage us from following God. He causes trouble. But don't fear him because God will help us if we will call upon him in time of need. When you pray, tell God what you want, and ask it in Jesus' name. In Mark 11:22-24 Jesus said, ask God in the name of Jesus and believe and he will answer your prayers. But faith is the key. You must believe. God is stronger than the devil and he will help you overcome any problem if you will believe.
Christians are required to live as God tells us and to seek help from Jesus. The Bible gives us God's rules on how we should live. We are supposed to love other people and avoid sin. We should not steal, or lie or do wrong to others. We should also avoid lifestyles that the Bible says are wrong. Many popular trends are wrong and displease God. To give a few eamples: Christians are not supposed to use curse words. The Bible teaches that filthy language should not come from our mouths. Also Christians value life. That is why we do not approve of abortion--which is to take the life of a baby, born or unborn. Dating or marrying someone of the same sex may be legal, and many people do it, but the Holy Bible says God's people should not marry or date people of the same sex. Men should date and marry women only. Women should date and marry men only. That is God's plan.
As a Christian you are different because sadly, most people in the world do not believe in Jesus or God and so they are headed in the wrong direction. As a young Christian you must realize that people at school, work on in life will often be against your beliefs. But if you will believe in God, and ask Jesus to help you, he will show you what to do when you find yourself dealing with angry people who dislike you because you are Christian. Because Christianity is based on love, we love even those who hate us. So ask God to show you how to show love to those who hate you. Your love towards them may help them see God in your heart. That may help them become Christian too. Pray for them.Invite them to church. Remember, if they do not accept Jesus as Lord and savior before dying, they cannot enter heaven (John 14:6). We want all people to go to heaven. So pray and ask God to use you to reach them and others.
It can be a challenge, but remember, there is no better way to live than God's way.
Many children want to go to church. But we need churches to volunteer to take them
We are receiving more and more requests from children to take them to church. Sometimes their parents can't take them because of lack of a vehicle at home. Other times, the children are the only ones who go to church in the home. Whatever the reason, they need help getting to church. Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come to me." Will you help these children get to him? Remember, no one can get to heaven unless they have accepted Jesus as Lord and savior. But how can they get to Jesus if they can't even get to a church? Please help. Talk to your pastor and Sunday School about helping us transport children to church.
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The Bible tells us that all of us are to honor our parents. Exodus 20:12 says, "Honor your father and mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." But also respect all adults.
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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE?
Today this is a very important quetion as gay marriage is a subject in the news. Many people believe people should marry whoever they want regardless. But what does the Bible say about it? What is God's veiw point and what does he want Christians to do? In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, we're reminded that as Christians, our bodies are not our own. They were bought for a price by Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. You see, when you become a Christian you give your body to Jesus and he gets to decide how you use it. That means that we as Christians must submit to God and Christ's view point instead of going with what is popular. In Leviticus 18:22 God said to men, "You are not to sleep with a man as with a woman; it is detesable." In the New Testament, Romans, chapter 1, we are told that homosexuality is a sin and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, we are also told that those who practice same sex relationships
or gay lifestyles and who do not repent can't get into heaven. That's why we warn gay people to turn from the sin of homosexuality. This is misunderstood by some and they criticize believers. The Bible tells us to remain strong and obey God despite what the world says. In Acts 5:29 we're told that when the world and God disagree, a Christian must obey God. It is a loving thing to tell a gay person that homosexuality is a sin and that like all sin they must repent and turn from it and stop doing it, in order to be saved and go to heaven. That is not bigotry. It's an act of love. We love all people gay and straight and we should pray for God to use us to witness his truth to them. Ask God to help you witness to those who are gay and to do so in love.
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