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CHAPTER 1
The Big Picture:
Preparing Healthy, Godly Adults
S E X I S A G I F T from G
­ od—­a frequently misunderstood, misused, and
squandered gift, but a gift nonetheless! Our sexuality can be a tremendous
blessing when that gift is understood through the Word of God and lived
out in submission to him.
When thinking about sex education, many parents focus their goals too
narrowly and negatively on avoiding sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted infections (STIs; sometimes STDs for diseases), pregnancies, abortions,
and so forth. While it is good to protect children from the damage that
illicit and irresponsible sex can cause, this goal is too small, too limited,
and too narrow. Why only prevent the negative? Why not give children
something profoundly positive when discussing sex and sexuality?
Our ambitious but reachable goal is to equip and empower children to enter
adulthood capable of living godly, wholesome, and fulfilled lives as Christian
men and women, whether as Christian singles or Christian wives and husbands. We want to prepare them to become the kinds of

single adults who, whether single for a substantial season before they
marry or for their entire lives, live full and meaningful lives as sexual
persons with loving, deep family relationships and friendships; or
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