Outline of Chapter 2

Understanding Your Teen

Eight Biblical Lenses For Seeing Our Angry Teens Clearly

1. Teens, just like parents and counselors, are sinners.

2. Teens can be respected as young adults.

3. Common grace, God’s general goodness to all, allows any sinner to make some wise choices.

4. God’s goodness accounts for “wise wants” that lie (often deeply) within our teens.

5. Help that brings about change in angry teens often begins at a surface level but must aim deeper.

6. Teens can and must think about their choices in light of goals and consequences.

7. Scriptural principles cover both how to speak and what to say to angry, unmotivated teens.

8. God gives us others to support us and to help us counsel our teens.

Stop, Look, Listen: Learn

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