Our View of the Student
HOW DO WE MAKE SENSE OF OUR LIFE?
- Our life is part of God’s story! He is the main character! And He is the author, director and producer!
- Our part in the play is to say something about Him! (Glorify Him!)
- God’s story gives us a worldview - a way of making sense of and understanding life and all reality including human nature
- Students need to realise that God’s role in their lives is not to make them happy - He is not like a BIG SANTA CLAUS - but He wants to draw them from a life of living for themselves, to a life centred on God.
- Students need to move from an ego-centric view of life to a Deo-centric view of life.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?
Any attempt to address human brokenness requires some understanding of what it means to be human.
- To be human is to be created by God. Gen 1:1 – He has brought us into His story.
- To be human is to live always before the face of God – Coram Deo – Everything is before His eyes.
- To be human is to bear the image of God. To be made in the image and likeness of God means everyone is designed to know Him, to make Him known, to reflect His glory, to act like Him. Therefore everyone has great dignity as a human being - no matter how depraved or sinful they are.
- To be human is to worship. We reflect God’s glory by our worship of Him. It’s how we live - you worship what you live for. Worship is our basic wiring. What you pay attention to, how you spend your time is a reflection of our worship. Worshipping God is a choice we make. When we truly worship we see Him as the loving sovereign God, with power and authority that requires our obedience to His law.
- To be human is to long for shalom - the universal peace, harmony and wholeness of God’s plan for mankind - justice, fulfilment and delight. Our heart cries out for the peace that comes from the Prince of Peace.
OUR HEART – WHERE THE PROBLEMS LIE
- The temptation for each one of us is to shift the blame away from ourselves to some scapegoat – our past, our parents, etc.
- The starting point for transformation is to see the fallenness of our hearts Jer 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” and then to cry out for a new heart.
Ps 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”
- The transaction of a new heart is promised in Ezek 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh”
- The preservation of our new heart is our responsibility by the choices we make.
- The challenges of our new heart are outlined in Jesus’ ‘parable of the sower’.
- We all understand how gardens need to be tended so that weeds do not take over. This is what needs to happen for each one of us. By reading God’s Word, fellowship with God’s people, responding to the leadings of the Holy Spirit – weeds are dealt with on a continual basis.
- For our new heart the problems are most likely to be:
- Pride - “Look how good I am” - forgetting where I have come from and how I was at first.
- Self-dependence - “Don’t need God any more” – I’m ok.
- Self-strength - I can do those things again and they won’t hurt me.
OUR SCHOOL’S GOAL FOR EVERY STUDENT
Our goal for all students is that they will be able to walk free from all hindrances and issues that seek to destroy them as image bearers of the living God.
Our belief is that all students are able to be freed from issues if they choose to follow the truth as “the truth will set you free” and “if the Son sets you free you are free indeed”.
Although our desire is to see every student walk in this freedom we cannot make the choices for them that are required to enter that freedom. We will play our part to gently lead them to surrender to the true view of themselves as portrayed in the Word of God.
We will warn and teach every student with all wisdom that we may present every student mature in Christ and we will toil for this outcome, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works in us (Col 1:28-29).
We will act as Paul says.