Sex: It's Worth Waiting For


Sex is good . . . God made it good.
God has a perfect design for great sex—with one person in a committed marriage. But get outside of that design and you are headed for destruction. Good sex is a gift that God wants to give you, but exposed to air outside of marriage, this gift turns sour. Lust overcomes love, and risks of disease, abuse, and pregnancy are real. Sex: It’s Worth Waiting For will answer some of your ...
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Sex is good . . . God made it good.
God has a perfect design for great sex—with one person in a committed marriage. But get outside of that design and you are headed for destruction. Good sex is a gift that God wants to give you, but exposed to air outside of marriage, this gift turns sour. Lust overcomes love, and risks of disease, abuse, and pregnancy are real. Sex: It’s Worth Waiting For will answer some of your honest questions like, “How far can we go before we’ve gone too far?” and “If we love each other, why should we wait?” 
Making right choices today will give you the good sex you desire later. Whether you’re tempted by the thrill or longing for love, don’t be fooled—God desires so much more for you. 
You are worth waiting for.     
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Through his years of working with youth, Greg Speck once again shows his unique ability to relate to today's youth in this remarkably practical book. In a very readable way, he explains the "why's" behind God's desire to wait until marriage for sex. And, how to make that desire a reality! This is a "must read" for youth, youth workers and parents. You won't be disappointed.
-Judge Chuck Simmons, National Speaker for FamilyLife

Greg Speck does a great job covering a wide variety of sexual issues impacting adolescents today.  This book is direct, thorough, and uses an appropriate dose of humor.  Greg uses his wide experience of working with students to bring real life stories and personal letters into the book giving even greater credibility to his words of warning.  The book also gives great hope to those who have crossed lines or have been victims of abuse.  Greg has provided a great resource for youth pastors, parents, adolescents and anyone who works with them.
-Dr. Bob MacRae, Professor of Youth Ministry, Moody Bible Institute 

Sex is for marriage only.  Greg Specks does an excellent job of reinforcing this truth by talking about all the issues surrounding teens today.  It is obvious the benefits of waiting for sex far outweigh the tragedies of sex before marriage.   A "must read" for teens and their parents.
-Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

Greg Speck is a man of enormous passion and integrity and one of the funniest human beings I have ever met.  And what he brings to an enormously serious and important issue is passion, integrity, humor, and the fundamental promise that as we listen to the plan of God we inevitably find the compelling heart of God.  His labor will help many parents and their children wrestle with sexuality in light of God's love of sex and his deep passion for us.  This is a must read for any person who longs toknow the wisdom of God for their body.
-Dan B. Allender, PhD, President, Mars Hill Graduate School, Author of The Wounded Heart, To be Told, and Leading with a Limp

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802477040
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 251
  • Sales rank: 956,564
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

GREG SPECK (Bethel College) is a Youth Specialist with Reign Ministries. He is an exceptional communicator who speaks at national conferences, camps, churches, retreats, and spiritual emphasis weeks across the world. Greg is the author of Living for Jesus When the Party's Over, Living for Jesus Beyond the Spiritual High and Sex: It's Worth Waiting For. He and his wife, Bonnie, are the parents of four children.
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Copyright © 2007 Greg Speck
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Chapter One


Let's be real. We all have questions.

Couples have come to me in tears saying, "Greg, we don't know what happened. We wanted to wait until marriage, but we were just sitting there kissing and touching-and then it happened!"

It's like saying, "Something jumped up and bit us."

I had just finished speaking to a group of about eight hundred teens about sex. Hanging around in the back of the crowd was a beautiful tall blonde-bright blue eyes, tanned, and stylish. She waited till most of the other teens had left. Then she came up and asked if we could talk in private.

We walked over to the side of the room and she said, "This is really embarrassing, but I need to ask you a question."

She wasn't making eye contact with me, and I could tell she was uncomfortable. But I assured her she could ask any question, and I'd give her an honest answer.

After taking a deep breath she said, "Well, my boyfriend says that if we have sex standing up then I can't get pregnant. Is that true?"

I felt like crying and laughing at the same time. Here was this beautiful seventeen-year-old being manipulated by her boyfriend because she was basically ignorant about sex.

I told her that what her boyfriend had told her was not true. She could become just as pregnant standing up as lying down. Wethen had the chance to discuss some other areas she was confused about as well. At the end I had the privilege to pray with her as she decided to take a stand for purity.

These days we're a part of the sexually enlightened generation. We're supposed to know all there is to know about sex. Ask the wrong question in sex education class, and the room erupts in laughter. The guy ill front of you turns around and says, "Didn't you know that?"

With that kind of pressure, we would rather just sit and smirk and say, "I knew that!"

But let's be real. We all have questions. We don't know it all. So let me talk with you about two areas basic to the understanding of sexuality: (1) What is sex? and (2) How does the opposite sex respond?


What is sex? Now all of us ought to know the answer to that question, but let me tell you what I usually hear. A couple will come to see me. We will talk, and after awhile the guy will say something like this:

Guy: "Greg, we have decided not to have sex until we get married." Greg: "Great! That's fantastic. But let me ask you a question. What is sex?" Guy: "Huh?" Greg: "What is sex?" Guy: "Don't you know?" Greg: "Yes, but I want to hear what you think it is." Guy: "Well ... uh ... it's a ... you see ... we could ... I mean, we wouldn't ... not now ... later ... I mean, after ... after we're married! ... It's only ... because ... well, I ... Could you repeat the question, please?" Greg: "What is sex?" Guy: "Oh, yeah ... well ... um ... you see, sex is intercourse, and we're not going to have intercourse until we get married!"

Now what is he saying? He is saying that sex is just the act of intercourse. And that is absolutely wrong! Sex isn't just a single act. Sex is a progression. Sex begins with kissing and then goes to French kissing. After that we begin to touch with our clothes on, and then the clothes come off, and the end result is often intercourse.

The couple that does everything up to intercourse but stops short of intercourse itself is doing something unnatural to both bodies.

Here's what happens. You stop the car in this isolated, romantic spot overlooking the dump. Then you talk for at least thirty to forty seconds. All of a sudden your lips touch.

You begin to softly kiss, and your body says, This is nice!

Then you move to French kissing and your body says, I think I'm getting excited!

You move into touching over or under her or his clothes, and your body says, I know I'm excited!

Then your clothes come off, and your body says, "This is better than cookie-dough ice cream!"

All of a sudden you say, "Stop!"

To which your body replies, "Aaugh!"

At that point, what happens between you and your body?

You feel: Anxiety. Your body says: I can't take this kind of abuse anymore. What if I never get a chance to experience intercourse? What if I die tomorrow? What if she dies tomorrow? What if our parents find out? We'll both die tomorrow! You feel: Frustration. Your body says: I never have any fun. You've got me on a diet. You make me run every morning. You never change your socks. And now this! You feel: Pressure. Your body says: You don't understand what this is doing to me. I can't take it anymore. You don't get me enough sleep. I can't hear anything because of those headphones. I haven't even seen a vegetable in six months. I can't remember my locker combination. And this date isn't turning out the way I wanted it to. I'm warning you-I think I'm going to blow up, or if not that, at least I'll throw up. You feel: Anger. Your body says: If you ever do this to me again I'll give you hoof-and-mouth disease!

You see, our bodies were never meant to build to that point and then stop. That's why we feel all those emotions. And usually what those emotions do is to encourage us to put pressure on the other person. So we begin to give out some stupid line. Let me give you an example of some common lines and some possible answers:

Line: "If you love me, you'll let me!" You: "If you love me, you won't." Line: "I can't believe you said no." You: "I can't believe that you even asked." Line: "Don't you love me?" You: "Don't you respect me?" Line: "I'll just call someone else." You: "Here; you can use my cell phone." Line: "It's no big deal." You: "It's a big deal to God, and it's a big deal to me!" Line: "But I just want to express my love to you." You: "The best way to do that is to stop pressuring me." Line: "I already told everybody that we did it." You: "Fine; we don't have to do it a second time." Line: "I won't tell anyone." You: "That's because there will be nothing to tell." Line: "Either we do it now, or we'll break up." You: "Bye." Line: "You know I could force you if I wanted to." You: "Either drive me home or to the nearest police station, now!" (If need be, leave the car, and call someone to come pick you up.) Line: "You tell me you love me, but you don't mean it." You: "Does that mean that you think I'm a liar? If you can't believe what I say, then you can't possibly trust me." Line: "I've never wanted anyone as much as I want you." You: "Let's keep praying that God will bless this relationship." Line: "What's the matter? Are you scared (or gay, or diseased)?" You: "Listen, anytime I choose to I can lose my virginity, and it's sure not going to be to someone who stoops to name-calling." Line: "Nobody is going to care." You: "A lot of people would care-our families, our youth group friends, and God." Line: "But I need to have sex." You: "Sex is a drive that can be controlled. Needs for you would be food, water, oxygen, and a cold shower." Line: "I'm leaving tomorrow, and who knows when we'll see each other again?" You: "Wow! Well then, let's be sure to keep in touch." Line: "OK. Let's take off our clothes and just be together. We don't have to touch or anything." You: "That sounds like torture, not fun." Line: "Everybody is doing it!" You: "That's not true. I'm not doing it, and tonight neither are you!" (smile). Line: "Someday we'll get married. I promise." You: "And I promise you that it will be worth waiting for."

It's so important that you do not allow others to manipulate and pressure you to give in.

Ladies and gentlemen: there are some people who will say whatever they need to say to get you to take your clothes off. You've got to get a lot tougher. When someone is pressuring you, you don't have to be kind! Tell them in a straight-forward manner. Don't beat around the bush. If you want a person to respect you, then you need to demand respect for yourself. You will not get that respect if you allow someone to put their hands all over your body.

Listen to one young woman's experience:

I was going out with a seventeen year-old last year for two months. I was fifteen. He broke the relationship off, and I took a lot of things into consideration and came to the conclusion that he dumped me because I would not "make love." Breaking up hurt a lot, and I grieved for quite some time. A year went by and he came around again and wanted me to go back out with him. Like a stupid fool I went back to him. From the first day we started going out, he told me he loved me every chance he got. I fell head over heels in love with him, and after going out for

How long do you think it took this guy to get this girl to take off her clothes?

After going out for three days, we made love. We made love almost every chance we got. I figured by doing this I would keep him. I never did anything to hurt him or get hen upset. Everything seemed perfect. After going out for two months, he just up and decided he didn't want to go out with me anymore. Well, I am very hurt and feel like all his "I love yous" were a bunch of lies. I have been used, and the hurt has now turned into bitter hate.

Do you think that if this girl had a chance to do it over again she would do things differently? Yes! So don't you make the same mistake. When someone pressures you for sex, remember that you don't have to be kind-be tough!

Where are the men of character and integrity? You need to be the one who is loving-not lusting after-women. If there is one person the girl should be able to count on to protect and care for her, it is the guy taking her out on a date. There is an old adage that says, "Men play love to get sex, and women give sex to get love." Both are wrong and destructive to you and the person you are going out with. To be a man of character means that you want what is best for the woman, and you seek purity in the relationship with her. You should be able to say to her, "You can trust me because I would never take advantage of you."

Women can be just as sexually aggressive as any man. Guys have been laughed at, teased, ridiculed, sworn at, threatened, and gossiped about because they were not aggressive enough sexually on dates. Guys have told me that girls have accused them of being gay because they didn't want to have intercourse. Being a woman of character means that you seek sexual purity, have high standards, and you never force a man to compromise his standards.

Some guys get involved sexually not because they want to but because they have been pressured by the girl, or they think this is what is expected of them.

Men, how do we deal with this situation? The answers are not easy, but let me suggest some things you need to be aware of.

* Don't date a woman who has a reputation for aggressiveness and sleeping around.

Imagine being on a date where the woman takes off her clothes and attempts to undress you! You don't need to be strong to withstand that sort of temptation-you need to be comatose!

* Date only women who are Christians.

Now this doesn't necessarily solve the problem. Some women who say they are Christians are sexually active. Even Christians can yield to temptation.

But let's say you go out with a woman, and you didn't realize what she thought about sex and purity. You've been studying so hard that you haven't had time to even think about women (sure!). But you're on the date, and suddenly this woman begins to make moves on you. What do you do?

First, try to understand her. This is a pattern she has fallen into. It is something she has learned men like. She may feel this sort of behavior is expected of her on a date. Besides, it's a fast and easy way to feel close to someone.

But let's also understand that this woman needs help. Someone must help her break the pattern. The longer she continues, the more wounded she will become and the more problems she will cause for herself.

What can you do to help her?

Why not be radical? Why not kindly say, "Wait a second! I like you; you're great looking, but I want to get to know you as a person. I don't want to do this now!" Perhaps quite a few guys know this woman's body, but you are saying, "I want to know you as someone, not as just a body."

What if she laughs? She might because she is so shocked. But deep down she is looking for a man who will respect and care about her.

So you can use her and be one in a line of guys, or you can care about her and make an impression she won't forget. I'm betting she is looking for a guy who is willing to try to understand her. Even if she doesn't respond positively, believe me, when she matures she will look back and realize that you were one of those few who really cared about her. That's what you want to be remembered for-not as one in a long line of lovers. You have the opportunity to give her hope. Now some tips for both genders:

* Don't isolate yourself.

Chances are someone's not going to make moves on you in a public place like a fast-food restaurant. Don't put yourself in a spot where they have the chance to do so.

* Think about the Lord.

He is right there, watching you. Pray to Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you special courage and wisdom, the right words to say and the right actions to take.

* Remember that outside of rape, a person can't make you become involved sexually.

You can be a person of character. If they start undressing in the car, then leave or drive to a lighted public area. If you're at a party, then go somewhere else.

So what happens if the person later says terrible things about you? That you're gay, scared, or a freak?

I guess my response is, "So what?" Your friends are your friends. They aren't going to believe them. Your enemies don't like you anyway, whether you went to bed with someone or not. And other people aren't as dumb as you may think. They know who is more likely to be telling the truth. Believe it or not, most people could care less what went on between you.

If people ask, "How come you didn't sleep with them?" you can say, "Because I didn't want to. Because I'm worth more than a one-night stand. Because I don't want to be manipulated into having sex with anyone. And it's pretty egotistical on their part to think that if I don't want sex then I must be some freak."

You'll find a lot of individuals agreeing with you, and you will gain respect in the eyes of many There are whole groups of people who will be very attracted to a person with that kind of character. This will open the door for you to tell them the most important reason you didn't get involved-because you love Jesus.


Excerpted from SEX: IT'S WORTH WAITING FOR by GREG SPECK Copyright © 2007 by Greg Speck. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

1. I Know That! (Sex Is More Than a Single Act)
2. How Far Can I Go? (Intercourse, Touching, Kissing)
3. What Does God Have to Do with Sex? (The Positives of Sexuality)
4. Reasons for Waiting (Besides What the Bible Says)
5. What Other Teens Say (A Word from Your Peers)
6. What God Can Do (Should I Tell My Parents?)
7. It Can't Be Happening to Me (Pregnancy-and What to Do Now)
8. Incest (What to Do and Understand if You Are an Incest Survivor)
9. Rape (Why it Happens and What to Do)
10. What is the Virtue in Virtual Sex? (Pornography Is Addictive)
11. Masturbation (Why Doesn't Anybody Talk About It?)
12. Homosexuality (Is There Hope?)
13. For Girls Only (A Single Guy's View on Women)
14. For Guys Only (A Single Woman's View on Guys)
15. But I've Already Gone Too Far (Your Options)
16. Purity (How to Regain It/How to Maintain It)
17. Life That's Worth Living (How to Belong to Jesus Christ)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    False information

    Condoms work much more than 30% of the time and protect against most STD's. While i agree that you should wait, you should also be given accurate information.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Things teens should know...

    Here's the thing... Sex can be wonderful, if you know what you're doing. That only comes through honest communication with your partners and protected (condoms) practice. Telling a teenager that it's important to "wait" sets the expectation of the first time too high. Lack of education about female anatomy (if a male/female couple) can make the first time too short, painful, or just awkward and unpleasant. NOT WORTH WAITING FOR. Practice expressing your sexuality one step at a time; rather than waiting until you marry someone you're not sexually compatible with and jumping on them the first night of the marriage (potentially scarring them emotionally for life). This book is for parents, not teens.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    The Truth Is Finally Told !!!

    Yes, it has finally happened. Someone has told us teenagers the truth about sex! And yes, they even admit that sex is awsome,it feels great, and it`s a wonderful experience. So wonderful it`s WORTH WAITING FOR. This book also explains to us the lies the media is sending to us. There is no such thing as protected sex only 30% of the time do condoms work even if they do work it doesn`t stop diseases from being transported to another person, Such as aids, std`s, & general herbies. Not only that but if you wait, you get the pleasure of knowing that your husband is the 1st peson to have had sex with you and you didn`t just have sex with some high school boy friend and then break up proabably never to see each other again, and if you think about it probably having sex with like 20 other people that he 'Loves'. Sex is an intimate thing not something to go around doing for a hobby. Please read this book it is very powerful & will answer all your questions. And remember sex IS worth waiting for!!!!!!!! =-) @-~-- - Thanks

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Ignore the two comments above.

    I think this is a great book and don't forget that a Christian wrote it! It gives you understandings, and if you are a kid, I recommend Sex for kids! It's a book especially for kids, explaining to them how it works. Don't say it's gross or weird. It's how life is created and it's a fact of life. And it's not a bad thing; some people just associate it badly or lust makes them sinfull. And you aren't betraying God, only if you intend to be bad. All animals do it. You wouldn't be here without sex. Why do you think some of your appendages look like your mother or father? Maybe you have eyes like your mom or toes like your dad. Guess how they get there? Your father passes down his genes with him and your mother passes hers down. It's like an heirloom. For generations to come, your childten will loook a bit like you. Even your ancestors may look simular! See, sex is not all bad. You have many generations to come. And your kids will get to see the future....... well I have nothing more to say! I hope I got my point across. Thanks for reading this far!! Chao!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Not just the true story on sex, but the book's hilarious!

    There are few youth communicators as good as Greg Speck, and his book is as hilarious as he is on stage. He brings the truth about sex, dating, and relationships in a way that communicates to youth. Don't let the early-90's cover stop you, this book is every bit as relevant today as ever...if not moreso!

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