School Year 2017 - 2018
Jesus Lives! Be Bold! Be Strong!
“...but the righteous are as bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The world is very evil. We all know this. The headlines shout out this tragic fact. The newscasts are filled with the evidence. The social media world is alive with proof. Our children are growing up in a society that is materialistic, selfish, and worst of all, Christless. The ever changing wisdom, standards and ideals of the sinful world make it urgent to educate our children with God’s unchanging Truth. We all need to be bold and strong as we face the many challenges in our world. Parents, be bold and be strong as you “Start children off on the way they should go…” (Proverbs 22:6). We teachers, be bold and be strong as we teach Jesus’ lambs who sit at our feet in our classrooms. Students, be bold and be strong as you face the daily challenges of growing up in this world and as you become faithful students.
This year we will emphasize the boldness and strength of living in the Lord. Scripture is filled with texts that refer to lions and their many characteristics. As our students become more familiar with the “king of the beasts” in our weekly chapel worship meditations, they will discover how as God’s children they can be bold and strong in the Lord. We teachers will also emphasize this boldness and strength in our devotions, regular Bible studies, and Scriptural applications in the secular subjects and all school activities.
Let’s now take a brief look at our two thematic Bible verses above. First Proverbs 28:1, “…but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we turn to Martin Luther as a fine example of living as bold as a lion.
Who are the righteous? Martin Luther searched the Scriptures, and God unlocked the truth using Romans 1:17,”…The righteous will live by faith.” Martin Luther was led to realize that the righteous are right with God because of His grace and mercy, not their merit. God justifies us through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Luther put his hope fully on the gospel and received the righteousness of God through faith and became as bold as a lion.
Here’s proof. Luther faced the religious and secular powers of the day at the Diet of Worms in 1521. If he defied them, they had the power to execute him for heresy. When asked if he would take back what he had written he said, “Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything…God help me. Amen.” May God give us and our children such a faith so that we can be as bold as a lion for the sake of the Gospel.
Now on to Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, what a great verse to teach to our children and for us to know as well!
In Joshua 1, we read that Joshua was about to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. God told Joshua that He would give him the victory over all his enemies. God told Joshua three times in these verses to be strong and courageous. So, you parents are leading your children through this confusing, mixed up, evil world, but God says to you, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” And you have given us teachers the wonderful, awesome privilege of helping you, and God says to us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” And to our precious children God says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This is what is so great about being a student in our school. When he or she is struggling with a fear, or a problem with a friend, or a question about life, or homework, or whatever, we can talk with them and remind them that God is with them, helping them, protecting them. God is with them wherever they go.
Lest one get the impression that all I can do is dwell on the negative about our world, let’s turn to the JESUS LIVES!!! part of the theme. Because Jesus Lives, we are going to have a great school year. Because Jesus Lives, our school is going to be full of smiles. Because Jesus Lives, laughter will fill the hallways and classrooms and playground. Because Jesus Lives, great attitudes will prevail. Because Jesus Lives, great learning will happen. Because Jesus Lives, courtesy will be everywhere. Because Jesus Lives, we will enjoy each other. Because Jesus Lives, we’ll forgive each other. Because Jesus Lives, we’ll praise the Lord! Because Jesus Lives, we’ll be good sports. Because Jesus Lives, we’ll love life. Because Jesus Lives, we’ll enjoy this wonderful world he created for us. Because Jesus Lives, …
May God bless our coming school year as we all strive to live lives worthy of the name Christian. (Colossians 1:10, Ephesians 4:1)
Be Bold! Be Strong!