Relationships: 11 Lessons to Give Kids a Greater Understanding of Biblical Sexuality


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This devotional is a series of 11 parent-child Bible studies designed to help pre-teens and early teens (11-14 years old) understand what the Bible says about stewarding their growing sexual and relational desires.

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Praise for Relationships:

Rod Mays

Biblical counselors realize the need for helpful material in dealing with teenagers and sex. The proper application of this outstanding work by parents to children will save broken hearts and crisis counseling in years to follow.” – Dr. Rod Mays, Counseling Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

Relationships is a series of 11 lessons that are designed to take kids and their parents into a deeper understanding of biblical sexuality and relational integrity.

  • Lesson 1 looks at the original goodness of sexuality and marriage relationships as God created them.
  • Lesson 2 addresses how sin has brought about sexual brokenness into the world, including our propensity to lust.
  • Lesson 3 exposes the varieties of sexual and relational temptations in the world: from masturbation to pornography use to homosexual activities.
  • Lesson 4 covers three biblical strategies for avoiding and overcoming lust.
  • Lesson 5 discusses how we should guard our hearts from sexual and relational idolatry.
  • Lesson 6 talks about how we need to make a covenant with our eyes to avoid temptation.
  • Lesson 7 talks about the importance of fleeing sexually tempting situations.
  • Lesson 8 addresses the biblical strategy of pursuing intimacy with God and cultivating gratitude for wholesome pleasures.Lesson 9 discusses the importance of being wise in our opposite-sex friendships.
  • Lesson 10 addresses the value of accountability relationships.
  • Lesson 11 gives students and their parents a picture of the life-transforming grace of God for sexual sinners.

Get the Whole Sex Ed Series!

Relationships is the 3rd installment in a series of books for parents to teach children about biblical sexuality. Learn about the whole sex ed series!

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Reviews (7)

7 reviews for Relationships: 11 Lessons to Give Kids a Greater Understanding of Biblical Sexuality

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a wonderful and Biblical resource for parents! A much needed resource! I have struggled to have conversations with my kids about these difficult subjects because it was never discussed in my home growing up. I am so appreciative for the Gilkersons writing these materials for us. There are Scriptures, discussion questions and conversation starters to have with your children. So practical and very helpful!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! This book is the real deal. We have had family discussions for years about relationships from a biblical standpoint (our daughters are 14 and 15) and having a book like this definitely would have made those talks even more smooth and effective. Relationships is geared towards ages 11 to 14, but a good refresher is good at any age! We are now going through the study with the girls to pick up anything we’ve missed over these crucial years!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    As a single mom to 3 boys, I’m always looking for biblical resources to help me disciple my children. Relationships is a topic that I haven’t found a lot on until now. This book is full of so much good, biblical stuff! And it comes right as my oldest is entering the tween years. I’m so happy to have this resource to use to start conversations and answer questions before all his hormones kick in! This is a must have for every Christian family.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a great Biblical resource for parents to equip their young people to handle sexual desires and temptations. The conversation starters and discussion questions make it easy for parents to approach these topics with confidence. I love that it is Bible based, and gives them a view of Biblical sexuality as a gift from God. The lessons are so practical as they discuss not only how to flee youthful lusts, but the importance of also pursuing a life of righteousness and seeking to please God. Very practical lessons that young people will relate to.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this series and I’m so happy the third book is now available! Luke and Trisha make it so easy for parents to discuss Biblical sexuality, relationships, temptations, and integrity with our kids in this volume through Scripture reading and discussion questions. Excited to use this in a year or two when my son reaches the recommended age range.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Like the other books in this series, this book digs in to the deep conversations with a focus on what God says about sex and sexuality. This is, by far, my favorite resource for tackling the tough stuff with my teen.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    I did this study with my 13-year old daughter. It was nice to have a starting point for conversations about what we believe and why. Teens are bombarded by a culture of unbiblical sex no matter how you school them or where you attend church. You can’t take them shopping without them seeing it. This has allowed us to have long conversations about how God designed sex and relationships and how following His plan protects us from more pain than we would otherwise experience in the teen years. Very good book and I’m recommending it to my friends who have kids.

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