New True Love Project Resource Timely for Valentine’s Day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 6, 2014) — According to History.com, Valentine’s greetings go back to the Middle Ages, and the oldest known Valentine still in existence is a poem written in 1415. Today the Greeting Card Association estimates about a billion Valentine cards are sent throughout the world each year, making Valentine’s Day the second-largest holiday of year for sending cards.
February is often referred to as the “month of love,” and in recent years it has become a time when many families and churches give special attention to the meaning of true love, as the Bible defines it, by holding True Love Waits ceremonies.
Launched in 1993, LifeWay Christian Resources’ True Love Waits movement snowballed from a sex-education concept sketched out on a napkin to an international movement in which millions of young people committed their sexual purity to God and made a pledge to remain sexually abstinent until marriage.
Since the first True Love Waits commitment ceremony was held in February 1993 with 53 students and their parents at Tulip Grove Baptist Church near Nashville, Tenn., many churches across the nation have held similar ceremonies with students making vows of purity. In some cases, entire congregations witness these commitments and provide follow-up support and encouragement.
This year, as groups organize True Love Waits ceremonies during Valentine’s Day week, they have a powerful new resource available called the True Love Project, a video-driven Bible study designed to help students understand their sexuality in light of the gospel.
The True Love Project is much more than a Bible study for students on the topic of sex and virginity; rather, it focuses on helping students understand how the gospel impacts all aspects of purity. The eight-session curriculum encourages them to pursue Christ through their sexual purity, and in the process demonstrate to the world around them that Jesus is the ultimate destination and desire of their hearts.
The curriculum was written by authors and speakers Clayton and Sharie King, and it includes video testimonies by:
• Perry Noble, senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina
• Jeff Bethke, author and speaker and co-owner of Claro Candles, which donates profits to areas of injustice throughout the world
• Marian Jordan Ellis, author, speaker and founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries
• Derwin Gray, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, and his wife, Vicki.