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TouchPoints for Students is a valuable tool for discovering what God says about students' particular needs and circumstances. Each entry contains thought-provoking questions on a topic, answers from Scripture, and a promise from God's Word. TouchPoints for Students features the New Living Translation of the Bible.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780842333085
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Touchpoints Ser.
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.32 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Chapter One


Abortion


When does life begin?


Psalm 51:5 I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

The Bible makes it clear that life begins at conception, not merely at birth.


Did God really want me to be born? Does he have a plan for me?


Jeremiah 1:5 I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.


Psalm 139:13-16 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

God not only knew all about you before you were born, but he wanted you to be born, and he has a plan for your life.


Don't I have the final say over what happens to my body?


1 Corinthians 6:12-13 You may say, "I am allowed to do anything." But I reply "Not everything is good for you." And even though "I am allowed to do anything," I must not become a slave to anything.... But our bodies were not made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.


1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God livesin you? God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God's temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple.

Our body is God's temple; his Spirit lives within us. Body, mind, and heart must do what is honoring and pleasing to him.


Is abortion absolutely wrong?


Genesis 9:5 Murder is forbidden.


Proverbs 24:11-12 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don't stand back and let them die. Don't try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn't know about it. For God knows all hearts, and he sees you. He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew! And he will judge all people according to what they have done.

Every child needs a champion, even the unborn child. If abortion is taking the life of an unborn human being, then it is murder, and it is absolutely wrong.


Can God forgive me for having an abortion?


Isaiah 1:18 No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.


1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.


Ephesians 3:18 May you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is.

God can cleanse and heal us from any and all sin, no matter how big or terrible it might be.


PROMISE FROM GOD: Jeremiah 1:5 I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb.


Absolutes


There seem to be so many gray areas when it comes to right and wrong. How can I tell what is really right?


Exodus 20:1 Then God instructed the people.


John 14:15 If you love me, obey my commandments.


John 14:17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.


Proverbs 21:2 People may think they are doing what is right, but the LORD examines the heart.


Romans 8:5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.


Galatians 5:16 So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.

God has given us the Holy Spirit, who will help us live obediently. He will alert us when our old sinful nature is trying to take over. God has also given us his word, the Bible, which clearly tells us absolute right and wrong.


Some friends make fun of me for doing right. How do I deal with that?


1 Peter 3:14 Even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't be afraid and don't worry.


Genesis 18:19 Keep the way of the LORD and do what is right and just. Then I will do ... all that I have promised.


Romans 2:10 There will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good.

Have you ever wondered why you feel good after doing something you know is right? That peace is God's promise to us for doing what is right.


PROMISE FROM GOD: 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.


Acceptance


How can I earn God's acceptance?


Romans 3:27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith.


Colossians 2:6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him.

We cannot earn God's acceptance. But his acceptance is available for free to you and everyone. All we do is believe that his Son, Jesus, died for our sins so that we could be free to enjoy eternal life with him. When we accept his forgiveness and ask him to be Lord of our life, he completely accepts us into his presence.


How do we learn to accept those who are different from us?


Matthew 9:11-12 "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?" they asked his disciples.... Jesus replied, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do."

Every person is a unique creation of God, loved by God. If God loves everyone, shouldn't we?


What if a person has committed a terrible sin? Should we still accept him or her?


Romans 8:39 Nothing ... will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing we do can separate us from God's love. In the same way, we should always love others. This does not mean that we accept or condone their sinful actions, but we love and accept others as unique and special creations of God. It is only through love that we bring a sinful person back into fellowship with God and others. Even discipline must be carried out with loving, motives.


What should we never accept?


2 Chronicles 34:4 He saw to it that the altars for the images of Baal and their incense altars were torn down.

We must not accept or tolerate sin. Sin is our enemy, seeking to destroy us. If we allow any specific sin to dwell in our heart unattended, it will begin to spread like a malignant tumor, affecting all we think and do.


PROMISE FROM GOD: Romans 15:7 Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.


Accomplishments


What is the right perspective on accomplishments?


Ecclesiastes 12:13 Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is the duty of every person.

Obeying God is life's greatest accomplishment.


Is accomplishment just the fruit of hard work, or is there something else to it?


Romans 1:17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."

Getting ready for heaven, preparing for eternity in God's heavenly home, is not accomplished by any work we do but simply by faith, believing that Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we wouldn't have to. Salvation, this greatest of accomplishments, is not the work of our hands but the work of God in our heart.


What is a good model for accomplishing things?


Isaiah 25:1 O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.

God planned before he accomplished—a good model for us to follow.


How do we make the most of our accomplishments?


Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.

It is impossible for one person to play a duet or a trio. It is hard to play football or soccer without teamwork. It is hard to have a happy marriage if only one mate works at it. Two people can actually do more than twice as much as one—as long as they are pulling in the same direction.


Is it wrong to be proud of our accomplishments?


1 Corinthians 4:7 What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?

There is a healthy satisfaction from accomplishment, which includes thanksgiving to God for what he has done through us. But it is arrogance to think we did the deed all by ourselves.


PROMISE FROM GOD: Psalm 60:12 With God's help we will do mighty things.


Accountability


How do I become more accountable?


Psalm 119:9, 66 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules.... Now teach me good judgment and knowledge.


Psalm 1:1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked.


Proverbs 27:6 Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

To become more accountable, follow God's commands as outlined in his word, the Bible. And choose wise friends to whom you can feel free and safe to give an account of yourself.


What happens when there is no accountability?


Judges 17:6 The people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.


1 Samuel 13:11-12 Saul replied, "I saw ... you didn't arrive when you said you would ... I felt obliged to offer the burnt offering myself."

Left unaccountable, we will always lean toward sin.


How can we choose people to hold us accountable?


1 Kings 12:8-10 Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him.... The young men replied, "[Tell them] `If you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like!'"

Our closest friends may not always be the best advisers, especially if their counsel is not consistent with God's word.


How can I effectively hold someone else accountable?


Exodus 18:21-22 Find some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes.... They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you.


Titus 1:7-8 He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered.... He must live wisely and be fair. He must live a devout and disciplined life.

If we are going to serve others by holding them accountable, we must be wise, honest, godly, and trustworthy.


Does God really hold us accountable for all our actions?


Ecclesiastes 11:9 Young man, it's wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.

Enjoy life, but stay within God's guidelines. God will hold us accountable for everything we do, and who wants to explain ungodliness to a holy God on the Day of Judgment?


PROMISE FROM GOD: 1 John 2:3 How can we be sure that we belong to him? By Obeying his commandments.


Advice


Why do I need advice from others? I know what I'm doing.


Proverbs 12:15 Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others.

Wisdom involves recognizing our own inadequacies. Foolishness is thinking we have none.


How valuable is wise advice?


Proverbs 25:11 Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.

Timely advice is not merely helpful; it is beautiful. It is not merely beautiful; it is essential.


Where do I look for good advice?


Genesis 6:9 Noah was a righteous man.... He consistently followed God's will and enjoyed a close relationship with him.


Titus 1:15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure.

Seek advice from those who are faithful, godly, honest, and trustworthy. They can be counted on to give you counsel that comes from God's word.


How do I evaluate the advice of others?


Matthew 7:16 You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit.


2 John 1:9 If you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will not have fellowship with God.

One way to evaluate advice is to evaluate the adviser. Do the adviser's words and life produce good fruit or bad? When evaluating advice, check it against the truth of God's word. If it contradicts the Bible, then it is bad advice.


How do I give good advice to others?


Philippians 4:8 Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

When giving advice to others, have pure motives, point to God's word, and don't use advice as an excuse to lecture. Pray about what you want to say, and have the other's best interests in mind. Words are like medicine; they should be measured with care. An overdose may do more harm than good.


What happens when I follow good advice?


Psalm 1:1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.

Following evil advice leads to sorrow and disaster, robbing us of joy and satisfaction. Godly advice leads to good results, enriching our joy.


PROMISE FROM GOD: Psalm 32:8 I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.


Affirmation


How does God affirm us?


Genesis 1:27 God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.


1 Peter 2:5 God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are God's holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 15:3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.

God created us, so he understands our need for affirmation. He values us so much that he was willing to send his Son to die for us because he wants us to live with him forever.


How do we affirm others?


1 Thessalonians 5:11 Encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.


Romans 14:19 Let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.


Hebrews 7:7 Without question, the person who has the power to bless is always greater than the person who is blessed.


Galatians 5:13-14 You have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

We affirm one another through encouragement, praise, and building each other up. This gives us a great sense of worth.


PROMISE FROM GOD: psalm 67:1 May God be merciful and bless us. May his face shine with favor upon us.


AIDS


Why is there AIDS?


Genesis 3:19 All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God's command, all of life changed. Sin entered the world, and as a result there is sickness, pain, and death. AIDS, like any disease, is a result of living in a fallen world.


What should our response be to people with AIDS?


2 Corinthians 2:6-7 He was punished enough when most of you were united in your judgment against him. Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won't be able to recover.


Matthew 22:39 Love your neighbor as yourself.


Romans 12:9 Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.

Regardless of how someone acquired AIDS, we must treat that person with the same love that Christ would show.


What is our responsibility towards others with AIDS?


Mark 6:34 A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.


2 Corinthians 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

God calls us to love, serve, and have compassion for all people.


PROMISE FROM GOD: Romans 8:39 Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God.


Anger


Why do we usually get angry?


Numbers 22:29 "Because you have made me look like a fool!" Balaam shouted.

We get angry when our pride is hurt.


Genesis 4:4-5 The LORD accepted Abel and his offering, but he did not accept Cain and his offering. This made Cain very angry and dejected.

We get angry when someone else gets more praise or attention than we do.


2 Chronicles 26:18-19 "Get out of the sanctuary, for you have sinned." ... Uzziah was furious and refused to set down the incense burner he was holding.


Esther 3:2-5 Mordecai refused to bow down or show [Haman] respect.... [Haman] was filled with rage.

We get angry when we don't get our way.


1 Samuel 18:8 This made Saul very angry. "What's this?" he said. "They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands."

We get angry when we become jealous of what others have or what they have done.


1 Kings 22:18-27 "Didn't I tell you?" the king of Israel said.... "He never prophesies anything but bad news for me.... Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water."

We get angry when we are confronted about our sinful actions and are exposed.


When is it OK to be angry?


John 2:15-16 [Jesus] drove out the sheep and oxen, scattered the money changers' coins ... and ... told them, "Get these things out of here. Don't turn my Father's house into a marketplace!"


Numbers 25:11 Phinehas ... has turned my anger away from the Israelites by displaying passionate zeal among them on my behalf.

Anger at sin is not only appropriate but necessary.


When we are angry, what should we avoid?


James 3:5 The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do.

Avoid speaking your mind when you are angry. You are bound to say something you will regret.


1 Samuel 19:9-10 As David played his harp for the king, Saul hurled his spear at David in an attempt to kill him.

Avoid acting on impulse in the heat of anger. You are bound to do something you will regret.


We all get angry at times, so what should we do about it?


Ephesians 4:26-27 Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.

Anger is like a wild skunk in the house. We shouldn't feed it to encourage it to stay. And we should try to get rid of it as soon as possible.


PROMISE FROM GOD: Psalm 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love.


Apathy


What happens if apathy is allowed to grow in our life?


Jeremiah 12:4 How long must this land weep? Even the grass in the fields has withered. The wild animals and birds have disappeared because of the evil in the land.

Without God, our life becomes empty and withered. We become focused on ourselves, and all our relationships suffer. The way to keep apathy from taking root in your life is to set aside time daily for study of God's word and prayer.


PROMISE FROM GOD: 2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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