Today, as in any other time of history, parents and educators echo David’s question in Psalm 119, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” David’s answer to his own question is quite clear, “by taking heed thereto according to thy word”.
The Foundation of Scripture
The only way our children can do what God’s Word says, is if they memorise and read God’s Word. David says later in the Psalm, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”. I want to encourage you to help your children make time to read God’s Word. Perhaps you can decide on some family memory verses too and start memorising these verses over the holiday. You may be pleasantly surprised to see what difference it will make to your home.
There are other reasons to read and memorise God’s Word. The Word helps us to answer those who want to know why we follow Jesus by helping us have confidence in God’s agape love and His plan for our salvation (Ps 119:41-42). It helps us make decisions by making the options clearer to us (Psalm 119:105). It gives us hope and security when we are tempted to be afraid (Psalm 119:114). God’s Word is worth reading, especially since the historicity, authenticity, and reliability of the Scriptures are undeniable and can be easily verified. There are many scholars that have written on this topic and one that comes to mind is “The New Testament Books: Are They Reliable?” by F. F. Bruce.
Tyndale Park Christian School’s mission is “to assist parents by providing a Christ-centred education that encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God”. Our curriculum is built on a Scriptural foundation and we will continue to refine and improve it as the Holy Spirit instructs and leads us. Please pray with us that we will be able to clearly discern God’s heart and vision for our school.
The Importance of Christian Service
This term our year 9 to 13 students were able to do a neighbourhood clean-up and some of our students helped us plant some fruit trees donated by one of our families, some examples of acts of Christian service. We hope to continue building opportunities for Christian service into our curriculum because the Scriptures are so clear: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). James go on to say that “pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27a) and Micah explains it even clearer, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8). Jesus’ life was an example of service. We hope to instill this attitude of service in our students.