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Purity for Life

Purity for Life : A Bible-based curriculum to prepare for, protect, and pursue purity

The purpose of Purity for Life is to give students the knowledge and skills to build positive relationships and develop a healthy sexuality that honors God. Understanding what God’s Word says about relationships and sexuality is a primary focus of the curriculum. In addition, knowledge and skills are organized through three areas of the curriculum:

  • Growth and development
  • Personal integrity
  • Relationship skills

Since 2008, Purity for Life (formerly knowns as the Life Curriculum) has been developed and taught at Judah as follows:

  • Grades 4-6: Preparing for Purity
  • Grades 7-8: Protecting Purity
  • Grades 9-11: Pursuing Purity

A Partnership with Parents 

It’s often difficult to keep up with the current information needed to teach about sexuality and relationships. Young people also have their own cultural twist on information.

You, as parents, are the primary educators of your children. You impart your values, attitudes, and beliefs to your children by teaching and modeling. As one of the most influential people in your children’s lives, you impact the choices your children make. Although parents are the primary sex educators of their children and adolescents, Judah’s educators are in a unique position to support parents and teach about God’s design for sexuality and relationships.

Adolescents tend to receive most of their information about sex from friends, siblings, or a sex education/health class.  Some information from friends and siblings may not be accurate. Working together, we can communicate information accurately and make an even greater impact on encouraging young people to make healthy choices that honor God.

Our teachers use the following premises when teaching pre-adolescents and adolescents about sexuality and relationships:

  • God designed sex for the marriage partnership.
  • God condemns deviant sexual behavior.
  • God designed sex to be a beautiful expression of love between a husband and a wife.
  • God gives us instruction on how to develop personal integrity and build healthy relationships through his Word.
  • God is full of mercy and grace for those who believe and have sinned, even through the sin of sexual immorality.

Why Do Students Need Purity for Life?

As children grow into teenagers they begin to develop their independence, including their own identity, personality, values, and beliefs. They are also bombarded by many cultural messages much different from God’s will and design. They need to hear consistent words of truth through God’s Word and His people.

During these teen years, sexuality is often misused and misunderstood. This misuse can cause pre-adolescents and adolescents much pain, damaging them emotionally, physically and spiritually. Embracing lies and misconceptions related to sexuality creates hurt in relationships and more separation from God. Split moment decisions may have life and death implications.

Older children, pre-adolescents and adolescents need to learn about God’s design for sex and His love for them. With God’s help, adolescents can learn to handle the intimacy and power of their developing sexuality. They can learn to protect themselves from lies and pain by

  • Understanding God’s design for sex and relationships.
  • Understanding their growth and development.
  • Developing personal responsibility and integrity as it relates to purity in thought, word, and deed.
  • Building positive relationship skills.
  • Developing a healthy sexuality that honors God.

If they stray from these protective skills, they will experience shame, guilt, or doubt and need to seek forgiveness and healing. If they stay the course, they will most likely have true intimacy and love in their marriage.

A Christ-Centered Approach

The approach of Purity for Life is to teach students what God says about building positive relationships and developing a healthy sexuality. Students gain information regarding the given topics and practice practical and critical thinking skills to help protect and pursue purity. Our goal is to take students from the often used character-based sex education approach to a Christ-centered sex education approach as outlined below. 

 

Character-Based Sex Education

Christ-Centered Sex Education

Sociological and Psychological

   Traditional Authorities

   “Good of Man”

   Based on Social Research

   Changes over Time

Spiritual and Biblical

   Final Authority

   “Kingdom Good”

   Based on a Biblical Mandate

   Never Changes

Moral “Suggestions”

Moral “Absolutes”

Focus on Measurable Behavior

Focus on Motives and Attitudes

Only Public Behavior Matters

Public and Private Behavior Matter

All about Observable Behaviors

Motives of the Heart

Supremacy of Mankind

Lordship of Christ

Educational and Medical

Relationship and Spiritual

How Close to the Edge Can I Get?

Where Does God Want Me to Stand?

Freedom From…

Freedom to…

Source:  Scherrer, D.L. and L.M. Klepacki. How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexuality. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries, 2004, p. 70.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purity for Life is a curriculum that equips students to transform their lives as they prepare for, protect, and pursue purity.

Teaching Team 

The educators teaching Purity for Life are comprised of experienced teachers and administrators. In grades 4-6, the classroom teachers and elementary administrators teach the classes. During grades 7-11, the classes are part of the Bible curriculum and taught by the Bible teachers. When classes are coed at the high school level, there is a male and female teacher present.

Their responsibilities are to educate students about building positive relationships and developing a healthy sexuality according to God’s design by:

  • Presenting information that is relevant and accurate, distinguishing between the world’s view and God’s view.
  • Creating honest, open discussions that build trust and encourage students to ask questions and discuss concerns. (We are not counselors. We will guide and encourage students to seek answers to their concerns through prayer, reading Scripture, talking with parents and other trusted adults, and developing accountability.)
  • Not meeting with students individually because of the sensitive nature of the topics discussed. If a student desires confidentiality in a discussion, we will not promise to abide by that. In fact, we will tell the student that legally we must report anything that he or she tells us if it is illegal or hurtful to the student or someone else.
  • Talking with the administrative staff and/or the student’s parents when we become concerned about a student’s attitude or behavior.

Class Format at Judah Christian School

•Classes are taught in same-gender, same-grade groups in grades 4-8, except for 6th grade in which educators teach some lessons coed and other lessons in same-gendered settings. In grades 9-11, classes are taught in same-grade groups. However, the classes are sometimes same-gendered and other times coed as noted on each class’ yearly syllabus. As the students move into higher grades, more classes are taught coed than same-gendered.

•Educators recognize that students have varying degrees of interest and maturity in dealing with the topics. They will seek to protect students’ modesty and innocence while also being honest, gentle, and straightforward about what students need to know.

•Some topics may not be discussed, depending on students’ needs and maturity. Topics may also be taught out of sequence, depending on the school schedule. Topics for students in 11th grade are determined through student input.

•The specific syllabus/schedule of topics and other information for each grade and school year can be found by contacting your child’s teacher.


•Students will be encouraged to continue discussion of these topics with parents and/or other trusted adults. At times, there may be assignments to encourage communication between students and their parents.

•We, as administrators and teachers, believe that Purity for Life will greatly benefit your son or daughter, teaching them God’s desire for positive relationships and a healthy sexuality. However, we understand that you, as parents, may have reasons for not wanting your son or daughter to participate in a particular lesson. If that should be the case, we ask that you follow a specific opt-out procedure that requires a written parent request at least a week prior to the class and specific objections as to why you do not want your son/daughter to participate. For grades 7-11, an alternative assignment for any missed classes will be given.

For More Information

To see a general overview of Purity for Life by grade level click here. For additional information and questions about Purity for Life please contact Cheryl Black for questions related to the elementary curriculum and Bryan Mead for questions related to the junior high and high school curriculum.

For schools and homeschoolers interested in purchasing Purity for Life click here

1- Where and How Teens Get Advice on Talking About Sex. National Survey of Teens: Teens Talk about Dating, Intimacy, and Their Sexual Experiences. March 27, 1998. Kaiser Family Foundation . 7 March 2007.

2- Adapted from: Scherrer, D.L. and L.M. Klepacki. How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexuality. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries, 2004, p. 9.