Not Even a Hint of Lust
- Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Josh: Yes, I would speak to a mixed group. Lust is a human problem, and there's a way you can address it without getting graphic. I've done that at two or three music festivals now, so I'm really used to it – but other people aren't! Obviously, we wouldn't have a discussion on lust in a mixed small group, but there are ways to talk about this topic in an appropriate way to larger groups. The funny thing is that I think people in this generation have a real strong desire to be challenged on this topic – and I don't think there's as much of a concern about listening to this in a mixed setting. When I was at Creation, there were 10,000-plus people – men and women – listening to me talk about lust and I heard nervous laughter at different points. But the truth is, we're all thinking, "This is about me, and God is really addressing me." So if it's done right, it's not about who's sitting next to you. It's about God and the bigger question – does my life reflect his holiness?
Sovereign Grace: Many past New Attitude participants are now married. Are they still welcome?
Josh: Everything we do at New Attitude is going to be rooted in the gospel. It's going be God-exalting. It's going to be a conference that anyone can take something from. For example, if the message is about contentment in relationships, even married people realize that we need to practice contentment in the season we're in. So, all of the topics apply to married couples, as well, and I think it will be a good reminder and inspiration for them.
Sovereign Grace: What are the other speakers going to talk about at New Attitude?
Josh: We're still praying and thinking a lot about the order of the messages. If you've been to New Attitude, you know that the order can change at the conference. But I know that I'm going to start with a message from Psalm 73 about "whom have I in heaven but you?" That message really ties together all the others because it's asking the conference theme question, "Is He Enough?" That's a question that applies to everyone. It can apply to temptations with lust, it can apply to trusting God in the timing of a relationship, to trusting God with the pace of a relationship as it unfolds, and more. I also know Dr. Mohler is going to be in the middle of it with a challenge and a perspective on marriage. Mark Dever just agreed to come speak, too, which is exciting because he's been at the last three.
Sovereign Grace: You said you're throwing open the doors this year for singles of every age. In the past, New Attitude has focused on the 18- to 29-year-olds. How will it change this year?
Josh: New Attitude has gotten a reputation for being the "young singles conference," and predominantly that's what it has been in the past. This year we almost called it a Singles Celebration because we wanted everyone to know that it's not limited in age. This conference is a chance to gather all the singles in our family of churches, and beyond, to address a topic that I think is just as relevant for older single adults as it is for younger singles. From the way we structure community groups to the activities in the evenings, we're trying to have options for both career and college-age singles. We are making even more of an effort to make sure New Attitude is really serving older singles, and I think that's going to be a really helpful time. Even if people don't know if they will be married, or if they sense they are to remain single, I think they will still be ministered to there. New Attitude is really about how we view relationships in general in light of who God is.
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