This week, I will conclude our review of the themes that we have shared, as a school community, over my time at NCS. This week, This week, I will write briefly about the themes from 2011 (The 3Rs), 2012 (Redemption), and this year (The King and His Kingdom).
2011 – The 3Rs
As a School, one of the areas of focus is always what is widely referred to as “the 3Rs”, being Reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic. These basic skills are very important for students to develop to the best of their ability, and the school invests a great deal of time and effort in helping students to improve in these areas. In a very real sense, this is a major theme every year, and 2011 was no different.
In 2011 we took the 3Rs model and extended it more widely to help us think about the gospel and gospel living. We looked at the gospel within a 3R model, looking at
- Reconciliation and
We used a 3R framework to think about what our lives should look like because of the gospel:
- Reflecting God’s goodness,
- Responding to our environment (and not reacting), and
- living Righteous lives.
We also used a 3R framework as we considered some of the key foundations of developing Christian character:
- Right relationships and
- Respectful living.
Finally, we also considered what is a helpful (3R) framework to help in decision making:
- Receiving what is good,
- Rejecting what is bad, and
- Redeeming those things that are good but have been spoiled.
2012 – Redemption
Redemption conjures thoughts of recovery, repayment, rescue and vindication. The Bible is all about God’s Redemption of us. It teaches us that we are, each and every one of us, sinners by nature and by choice. This is why Jesus came into the world:
- Jesus came to live the life we could not live;
- Jesus came to die the death we should have dies;
- Jesus came to gain the reward we could not earn.
Even outside of this all-encompassing gospel story, there are so many in our society who need Redemption, simply because of the issues that they face in this fallen and broken world. We face issues of abuse addiction and a range of other, assorted troubles.
As Mike Wilkerson, in his book “Redemption” writes,
… Fill in the blanks with your own trouble. You are surrounded by it. It is impossible to live life on the earth and not be stung by sin and suffering. Even more sobering is the fact that you are certainly the cause of some of that trouble to others around you.
Abuse, addiction and assorted trouble send us searching for answers, explanations and stories to make meaning of it all. We need to know the story that makes sense of life, the story about a personal Redeemer, who offers hope for real redemption. This is the story of God as told in the Bible”
This is the story that we explored in more detail in 2012 at NCS.
2013 – The King and His Kingdom
This year, our school’s theme has been “The King and His Kingdom”. As part of this, we have been thinking about the “Big Picture” of the Bible and:
- how the story of creation, Adam and Eve, and the serpent in the garden of Eden points to our need for Jesus,
- how some of those seemingly strange sections of the Old Testament point to Jesus;
- how the Old Testament prophets point to Jesus;
- how the gospels, the account of the life, death, burial and resurrection show that Jesus is King;
- how the accounts of the early church shows that we need to talk about King Jesus;
- how the full majesty and glory of the Kingdom will not be seen or experienced until King Jesus comes again.
The model that we have followed to help us remember is an 8P model:
- The Pattern of the Kingdom
- The Perished Kingdom
- The Promised Kingdom
- The Partial Kingdom
- The Prophesised Kingdom
- The Present Kingdom
- The Proclaimed Kingdom
- The Perfected Kingdom
In class, in the playground, on the sporting field, on the stage, and in every aspect of school life in 2013, it has been our hope that we will continue to come to a deeper understanding of the King’s Kingdom, a deeper love for King Jesus, and be better equipped to live in today’s world. We believe that this best comes from a foundation built on Kingdom relationships, values, knowledge, skills and commitment.