At Pulse on April 19 we’ll hear one of the most important messages of the year from the story of David and Bathsheba. Through the lens of the Scriptures we’ll have a chance to examine our own desires and the places where we’ve fallen short. Middle school students are living in a hyper-sexualized culture. Whether they attend public school, private school, or homeschool, they are exposed to sexual content and wrestling with its effects on their lives. It’s in their conversations with friends, on their televisions, on their devices, in the checkout line at the grocery store, and even in their hidden thoughts.
In the middle school ministry of First Baptist Woodstock, we believe the gospel and the Word of God are the answer to a sexualized culture. We desire students to be prepared for what they will encounter in the world (either intentionally or unintentionally) and to receive the gospel help they need after they’ve encountered it. We strive to do this in an age-appropriate way, using words and concepts that students will be familiar with but not providing anything unnecessary or excessive. Most of what students hear will be drawn directly from the text of the Bible – in fact, it will be less graphic than much of what the Bible contains!
As we study the story of David and Bathsheba, this is what students will hear:
Don’t go there (2 Samuel 11:1) Don’t go places you shouldn’t go and see things you shouldn’t see.
Don’t stay there (2 Samuel 11:2-5) Do not let your desires control you, but control your desires through the Holy Spirit. We are responsible for our actions.
You Can’t Hide (2 Samuel 11:6-25) Our sin will catch up to us and we cannot hide it.
You Can’t Escape (2 Samuel 11:26-27) God knows what we have done but he still loves us and through Jesus Christ cleanses our sins.
Students will be challenged to flee sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18), repent of their sins, and run to Jesus Christ for freedom and restoration. We will talk about the inappropriate conversations students have with one another, the sinful things they view on screens, and the sins they commit with one another. Students will hear the words “sex”, “immorality”, and “pornography” in this message.
We encourage you to talk with your student about their experience at Pulse on April 19 in hopes it may jump start conversations about these topics in your own home! The message will be available online the following week. If sexual sin is a problem for your child, the student ministry is here to help however we can. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call or email us. This is a serious subject with serious consequences addressed seriously by the Word of God. Considering the culture we are living in, this might be the most important message of the year. Pray with us that the power of the gospel would reign in hearts and minds.
“I can no longer pretend that it is only bad boys and girls, men and women, who have committed sexual acts; evidence to the contrary is simply too compelling. I have concluded that a man cannot live in our sexually saturated society and long escape sexual temptation. Instead, he must prepare for it, he must be equipped to overcome it.” – Johnny Hunt