What do the Scriptures Ask of Middle Schoolers?

Parents, the Scriptures are timeless, and despite changes in culture, aim right at the heart of all issues and seem to read us as we are reading them. Matt’s sermon on husbands and wives last weekend was a perfect example of this. So I thought it would be helpful to you to know what commands and words of wisdom the Scriptures have for teens.

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Parents, the Scriptures are timeless, and despite changes in culture, aim right at the heart of all issues and seem to read us as we are reading them. Matt’s sermon on husbands and wives last weekend was a perfect example of this. So I thought it would be helpful to you to know what commands and words of wisdom the Scriptures have for teens. These lists aren’t exclusive, but here are ten nuggets of insight that the Lord has for “young men” and “young women.” What a great thing to share with your teen and place in front of them as a challenge from the Lord. Ask God in his mercy to give your teen the desire to be and do these things.

Young Men

  • Love Jesus and glorify God (Matt 22.37)
  • Be students of the Word (2 Timothy 2.15; 1 John 2.14)
  • Honor and obey their parents (Ephesians 6.2)
  • Be self-controlled (Titus 2.6)
  • Be strong (1 John 2.14)
  • Treat the opposite sex with honor and dignity, protecting them from anyone or anything that might exploit or abuse them (1 Timothy 5.2)
  • Value work and honest labor (Genesis 2.15)
  • Walk in purity of mind, heart and body (1 Timothy 4.12; Titus 2.5)
  • Desire wisdom and correction (Proverbs 4.8-9)
  • Be submissive to and respect those who are older (1 Peter 5.5)

Young Women

  • Love Jesus and glorify God (Matt 22.37)
  • Be students of the Word (2 Timothy 2.15)
  • Honor and obey their parents (Ephesians 6.2)
  • Care more about the state of their soul than the appearance of their bodies (1 Timothy 2.9; Proverbs 31.31)
  • Be self-controlled (Titus 2.5)
  • Walk in purity of mind, heart and body (1 Timothy 4.12; Titus 2.5)
  • Not awaken or stir up love until the time is right (Song of Solomon 8.4)
  • Desire wisdom and correction (Proverbs 4.8-9)
  • Be submissive to and respect those who are older (1 Peter 5.5)
  • Be kind in speech and action (Titus 2.5)

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