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7 Checkpoints

Authentic Faith

Confusion in this area is the primary reason so many students abandon Christianity. True faith is confidence that God is who He says He is and confidence that He will do everything He has promised to do.

Spiritual Disciplines

The apostle Paul says that true spiritual transformation begins with a renewed mind. Only as teenagers begin to renew their minds according to the truths of Scripture will their attitudes and behavior begin to change.

Moral Boundaries

One of the most important things you can teach your teenagers to do is to establish clear moral limits. They need to learn how to protect their bodies and emotions by honoring God’s plan for sex and morality.

Healthy Friendships

The people students hang out with the most will have a direct impact on the decisions they make and the standards they choose. Healthy friendships build them up and draw them closer to God; unhealthy friendships bring them down and make them compromise what they know is right.

Wise Choices

Good decision making is more than simply choosing between right and wrong. Teenagers need to learn to ask, “In light of my past experience and my future dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do in this situation?”

Ultimate Authority

Teenagers often view freedom and authority as opposing concepts. The Bible teaches that true freedom is found under authority. This principle focuses on students’ need to recognize God’s ultimate authority and respect the earthly authorities He has placed over them.

Others First

Selfishness comes naturally to teenagers (not to mention to the rest of us!). Selflessness, however, must be learned. The Bible says that Jesus “made himself nothing” in order to serve the people He loved. He put the needs of others ahead of His own.

 

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