Thursday, August 2, 2018

Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students


Using Sexuality for God’s Glory
New small group resource for teens and college
students aims to start discussions about sexuality.

In today’s world, it seems that everywhere we turn sexuality is being used for something. Whether it’s to encourage young women to buy a new lipstick or encourage young men to try a different brand of deodorant, young people today are constantly bombarded with all the ways sexuality is used to sell goods and services, gain attention and, ultimately, get what you want. But what if we used sexuality for something different? What if we used it for God’s glory?

In a new 10-week Bible study designed for small groups of high school and college students, Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students (New Growth Press/August 2, 2018) encourages them to start discussions about sexuality and talk about the struggles they face while also empowering them to be faithful to Jesus with their sexuality.

Alive is designed to spark great conversations about sexuality between students and their pastors, youth workers, and parents. This study uses real-life scenarios along with key Scripture passages to show students how the gospel informs our understanding of sexuality and speaks to sexual struggles.  The aim of Alive is not to enforce sexual morality or focus on shame.  Rather, Alive meets students where they are and encourages them to live out of their identity as new creations of Christ and experience being truly alive because ‘Christ lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20).

In Alive, Harvest USA, drawing on their years of experience working with church leaders and parents, unpacks the rich truths of our identity in Christ and applies it to human sexuality. Using case studies about current sexual struggles including pornography, masturbation, premarital sex, gender identity, and more, students learn to understand their sexuality in the light of God’s Word and to approach these issues with biblical truth and compassion.

The perfect discipleship tool for pastors, youth workers, campus ministers, teachers, and parents, Alive gives teenagers and young adults a biblical, gospel-centered framework to apply to one of the most difficult areas for them to live out their faith.

Carl Trueman, author and Professor at Grove City College says, “This excellent book provides a solid curriculum which pastors, youth workers, and small group leaders will find most helpful in guiding people to a clear understanding of biblical teaching.”



Cooper Pinson, MDiv, editor of Alive, is on staff with Harvest USA where he speaks to and creates resources for those who work with students. Having volunteered, interned, and been on staff in the world of youth ministry, he has a passion for helping students follow Jesus, especially in the area of sexuality. Cooper and his wife, Katie, have two daughters.

Harvest USA is a non-profit that has been ministering to individuals and families affected by sexual struggles since 1983. With over 100 years of combined direct ministry experience, Harvest USA staff also seek to equip the Church with their writing and teaching on biblical sexuality and how to help those who struggle sexually. Learn more at www.harvestusa.org.

New Growth Press publishes gospel-centered Christian books, small group, and kids Bible resources for discipleship, biblical counseling, and missional ministry. For more information about Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students and other releases from New Growth Press, visit www.newgrowthpress.com/alive.




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