Pursuing Sexual Purity: Recommended Resources for All Ages

The temptation to give in to sexual immorality is great — even within the church. No matter your season of life — youth, single, married, or empty-nester, the following sobering statistics paint a grim picture regarding the state of our culture and the fight for sexual purity:

By age 11, the average child has already been exposed to explicit pornographic content through the internet.

93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to internet-based pornography during their adolescent years.

22% of the vast quantities of porn consumed by people under the age of 18 is consumed by those under the age of 10.

33% of women aged 25 and under admit to searching for porn at least once per month & 56% have searched for it before.

Fighting for Purity

In order to address this widespread problem and encourage Christian believers in the fight for purity, Crosspoint hosted an EQUIP Forum on Sexual Purity on Friday evening, February 1, 2019. EQUIP forums, such as this one, are part of our church’s strategy to help church members apply scripture to every area of life.

Throughout the evening, Crosspoint members, friends, and visitors not only learned the scope of the problem but also gained a biblical vision for purity and learned how our identity in Jesus Christ fuels the power for change.

A highlight for many was a Q&A panel in which Pastor Jeremy Chasteen with his wife, Liz, Pastor Jason Finley, Abbey Cook, and John Henschen discussed practical ways for a believer to pursue purity whether single or married.

“The gospel is good news for the brother or sister fighting to pursue sexual purity. As we remember, remind, and reflect on our perfect Savior and His sacrifice for us on the cross, our desire for Him increases and the lust of our flesh withers and dies,” Jason Finley said. “As a pastor and a dad, I urge all of our church family to invest time to watch this EQUIP forum and be strengthened in your fight for purity.”

If you were unable to attend, you’ll find the audio, video and accompanying notes here as well as in the Crosspoint App.

Recommended Resources

Below you’ll also find a list of recommended resources for further study and reflection. Most of these books are available at discounted prices in the Crosspoint Church bookstore or through your favorite book retailer.

Sexual Detox by Tim Challies
Sexual Sanity for Men by David White
Finally Free by Heath Lambert
The Porn Problem by Vaughan Roberts

The Fantasy Fallacy by Shannon Ethridge
Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gresh
Sex and the Soul of a Woman by Paula Rinehart
False Intimacy by Harry Schaumburg
Sexual Sanity for Women by Ellen Dykas
Purity is Possible by Helen Thorne

The Porn Problem by Vaughan Roberts
Finally Free by Heath Lambert
Diehard Sins by Rush Witt
Undefiled by Harry Schaumburg (for couples)
Wired For Intimacy by William Struthers
Future Grace by John Piper (Chapter on Lust)

Parenting & Children
God Made All of Me by Justin Holcomb
God’s Design for Sex Series by Stan and Brenna Jones
Good Pictures, Bad Pictures by Kristen Janson
The Porn-Free Family Plan by Tim Challies

Covenant Eyes Software
Circle with Disney
Qustodio App for Parents
Look at the Book Series on Lust 
by John Piper
ANTHEM Strategy by John Piper