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The following (2nd) dozen brief Bible passages underline some key issues that should concern a Christian. In the past, I’ve used these as “5 minute messages” to open a teen Sunday school class before the scheduled lesson.

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   First the passage, then the lead idea:

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(13)  I Cor. 6:18-20     “Flee” sexual immorality. Sexual sin is sin against your body. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

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(14)  Rom. 8:35-39      Nothing can separate you (or pull you away) from God’s love.

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   (15)  Eph. 1:4-5                 God chose you before the creation of the world. …………………………………….(predestination)

   (16)  John 14:15-18         If you love God, you will obey him.

   (17)  Col. 3:9-10               Don’t lie!

   (18)  Prov. 21:2-3             God looks at your inner attitude, not your …………………………………. outward show.

   (19)  I Thess. 5:12-15      Just being good is important to God. (Expect no …………………………………….payback.)

   (20)  Deut. 4:9                   Don’t forget what God has done in the past (to you …………………………………….and others) and pass this information on to  …………………………..……… your children and  grandchildren.

   (21)  Rom. 5:1-2                You have been justified by faith; you have peace  ……………………………………with God through Jesus Christ.

   (22)  Prov. 22:1                  Having a “good name,” or character, is more …………………………..……….desirable than money.

   (23)  Col. 3:23                    Whatever you do, do it for God. (If you can’t do it ……………………………………. for God, don’t do it.)

   (24)  Eph 5:3-4                   There shouldn’t even be a hint of sexual immorality ……………………………………..in what you do.

   As we said in the last post, these are openers to further thinking. Books have been written about the ins and outs of each of these. The purpose here is to make young people aware of key ideas that they can and should wrestle with later on. And, of course, the context of each Bible passage is important to consider. The main thing I wanted to do was to confront everyone face-to-face, as an adult (and not a family member) to a young person, something that matters if you consider yourself a Christian–even if it’s something you’ve heard before.

   It also gives a chance for the young to raise questions–in class or later.