Sunday 9:15 & 10:45 am

Catalyst Students

The Seven Principles

Principle #1: Authentic Faith

This focuses on a correct understanding of faith. Faith is confidence that God is who he says he is and that he will do all he has promised to do.

Discipline: God can be trusted; he will do all he has promised to do.
Critical Question: Are your students trusting God with the critical areas of their lives?
Key Passage: Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,and He shall direct your paths.”

Principle #2: Spiritual Disciplines

A student’s devotional life is the focus of this principle. The apostle Paul assures us that transformation begins with a renewed mind. As students begin to renew their minds to the truths of Scripture, their attitudes and behaviors will change.

Discipline: If I can see as God sees, I will do as God says.
Critical Question: Are your students developing consistent devotional and prayer lives?
Key Passage: Romans 12: 2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Principle #3: Moral Boundaries

Purity paves the way to intimacy. One of the most important things a student can do is establish limits. Students need to learn how to protect their bodies and emotions by honoring God’s plan for sex and morality.

Discipline: Purity paves the way for intimacy.
Critical Question: Are your students establishing and maintaining moral boundaries?
Key Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4: 3– 8 "For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who[a] has also given us His Holy Spirit."

Principle #4: Meaningful Friendships

The people our students associate with the most will determine the direction and quality of their lives. This principle focuses on helping our teenagers build healthy friendships and avoid unhealthy ones.

Discipline: Our friends determine the direction and quality of our lives.
Critical Question: Are your students establishing healthy friendships and avoiding unhealthy ones?
Key Passage: Proverbs 13: 20 "He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed."

Principle #5: Wise Choices

In light of their past experiences, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, students need to ask themselves, “What is the wise thing to do?” Good decision making is more than simply choosing between right and wrong. This principle focuses on the need for wisdom in decision making.

Discipline: Walk wisely in a fool’s world.
Critical Question: Are your students making wise decisions?
Key Passage: Ephesians 5: 15– 17 "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

Principle #6: Ultimate Authority

Freedom and authority are often viewed as opposing concepts. But the Scriptures teach that freedom is found under authority. This principle focuses on the need for students to stay under the authorities that God has placed over them.

Discipline: Maximum freedom is found under God’s authority.
Critical Question: Are your students submitting to the authorities God has placed over them?
Key Passage: Romans 13: 1– 2 "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves."

Principle #7: Others First

Selfishness comes naturally. Selflessness must be learned. The hallmark of believers is their willingness to put the needs of others ahead of their own. This principle addresses our students’ propensity toward selfishness and self-centeredness.

Discipline: Consider others before yourself.
Critical Question: Do your students consider others before themselves?
Key Passage: Philippians 2: 3– 11 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."