How to Live a G-Rated Life in an X-Rated World
INTRO: I want you to take your bibles now this morning and be finding your place at Psalm 119 if you will. I'm really excited to have Chad Hall and our Ignite Student Ministry with us this morning. They've been together since Friday afternoon for a Disciple Now weekend. They've worshipped together and learned together and eaten together. They've stayed up late and gotten up early. They've shared with each other what the Lord is doing and wants to do in their lives. They've driven their leaders half crazy, and all of this fun and fellowship has been geared around the theme of "a passion for purity." I hope and I pray that you have a passion for purity. James defines purity as being "unspotted from the world." And that's my prayer for our young people, and indeed everyone here this morning, that you would live in such a way that you would be "unspotted from the world." So, I want to talk to our students and workers and parents and grandparents and let the rest of you all listen in for just a few moments this morning.
In Psalm 119, the Psalmist asks a question that some of you may be asking this morning. Perhaps you asked yourself this question sometime over the weekend, but he asks, "How can a young man cleanse his way?" The NIV puts it this way, "How can a young man keep his way pure?" That word "way" means "way of living" or "the road of life." And so, here the psalmist, who at least was a young man or had been a young man at some point, is asking himself the question, "How can I get pure and stay pure as I walk down the road of life?" Today he might put it this way, "How can I live a G-rated life in an X-rated world?" And here's the answer that he is given, "By taking heed (or 'living') according to your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart; that I might not sin against You." ...
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