Experts in the study of human sexuality have identified seven progressive stages of physical intimacy: 1) hand-holding; 2) arm around the waist; 3) kissing; 4) French kissing; 5) feeling out; 6) intimate foreplay; and 7) sexual intercourse.The important thing to notice is that conscious, willful control tends to give way to passion after stage #3. We’d also point out that the longer two teens of the opposite sex are together and the more physically affectionate they allow themselves to become, the more difficult it will be to resist temptation.Whether you are choosing not to date or looking to set boundaries in your dating relationships, there is a lot to consider when you take a relationship to the next step beyond friendship.Knowing what you want from a dating relationship and finding ways to resist temptation will allow you to build a productive and Christian dating relationship.Relationships are tricky…if you’re in one, you probably have a million questions (am I happy? ) and if you’re not, you likely have a million more (when will I meet someone?
Other Christian teens are not having sexual intercourse, but doing everything but "going all the way." This brings up the question, "How far is too far?
Instead, emphasize the positive benefits of waiting: deeper trust and enjoyment of sex in marriage, enhanced physical and emotional health, self-respect, and a strong relationship with God.