High School Chapel
Since I’m not scheduled to address the students again, I would like each Bible teacher to take time tomorrow, if possible, to review the following 6 points. And then the last four points that I didn’t have time to cover; then, have some time for discussion and prayer
1. School theme: I press toward the mark of the prize of the high call of God in Christ Jesus. Phi 3:14
2. Part of God’s high call while at VCS is to be a successful student.
3. Success is more than being popular, getting good grades, having more friends, your level of confidence, degree of respect, etc..
4. Success is going the will of God in all its fullness. Ultimately, when we face Jesus, we will be measured by one standard. Have we done the will of God? Have we fulfilled His will? Obviously, to do His will we must know His will.
5. Doing His will goes beyond what God wants you to become and extends to each step that you take. Prov. 26:9, “A man’s heart devises his way’; but the Lord directs his steps. “ Just like the steps you took from your house to school, each step is important to arriving at your destination – school. Likewise, arriving at what God wants you to be in the future requires taking each step that He directs, right now. Experiencing success at VCS, is a daily step by step process.
6. Directing our steps is part of the responsibility of the Holy Spirit, and he uses parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, pastors, godly friends to help direct your steps.
What I did not get time to share was the following: Please share these points with your students, even if you need to read them.
Paul in Col. 1”9-10 provides some direction for doing the will of God. Let me paraphrase it, “for this reason, our teachers and administrators, since the day you enrolled in VCS do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
From this verse we can identify four areas that will help you know and to fulfill the will of God, right now as a student at VCS.
1. Walk worthy of the Lord. This includes your life in and out of school, 24/7. With” walking worthy” as your goal, you can rise above peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, pornography and any other force that is coming against you.
2. Be fully pleasing to the Lord. Not 25%, 50%, 75% pleasing, but 100%. You can please the Lord by pleasing your parents, your teachers, your pastors, your administrators, your boss (for those who you may work for. Part of the role of the Holy Spirit is to bring to your attending those things that are not pleasing to Him – He brings conviction so you will make the necessary changes. If the Holy Spirit is speaking to you to make some changes, repent, and get back on track.
3. Be fruitful in every good work. To be fruitful is to be productive, efficient and effective. Not just in some areas, but in all areas; in everything you put your hands to do – school work, homework, sports, arts, doing your chores.
4. Increase in your knowledge of God. Take your Bible classes and chapels seriously, have a daily devotional time, spend time in prayer.
When you do these four things, you will be walking in the will of God for your life, while at VCS.
You are not at VCS by accident. You are here on divine appointment. All the good that is being planned for you by your teachers, administrators, and coaches is essential for your continued success while a student at VCS and for success in the years following.
Jer. 29:11 will be fulfilled, ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’
Dennis Demuth, Ph.D.
Victory Christian School
2011-12 School Theme: Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Action question? What are you pressing toward this year?