Mrs. Hampton’s speech class performed for the Bridge Academy this morning during the beginning of their chapel time. Two groups spoke from different passages of Scripture using “Reader’s Theater.” The first group recited the Parable of the Weeds while the next group took their passage from Paul’s encounter with God on the road to Damascus. After their performances, Mrs. Legg, one of the Bridge Academy teachers, took the time to explain and reflect on the passages that were performed. Concerning the Parable of the Weeds, Mrs. Legg challenged the students and faculty to ask themselves, “Are you pretending to ‘walk in Him’, or are you really doing it?” She directed them to passages such as 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Isaiah 43:1-3a in order to emphasize being “light” in the world while also proving to them the sovereignty of God over His people. Moving to the story of the Apostle Paul encountering Jesus on the road to Damascus, Mrs. Legg encouraged everyone to be the light to those around them as they live their lives. Christians can do all of the “right things,” but if their lifestyles and actions do not reflect what they say they believe, then those around them will not see the light of Jesus. Wrapping up their time together, Mrs. Legg encouraged all to practice being a living light of the Gospel as they continue to grow and learn more about what it means to walk in Jesus Christ.
Key Passages: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43, Acts 9, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Isaiah 43:1-3a
Navy Chaplain Joe Gilliam had the opportunity once again to address the students of GCA’s Bridge Academy this morning, focusing on friendship. He began by explaining that God created each one of us to desire friendships, but the entrance of sin into the world has distorted that desire, making people either retreat into solidarity or use their friendships as an idol. He taught that everyone is a result of their own environment and that what one allows to influence them ultimately shapes who they are; this includes the decisions one makes within their friendships. Launching off of Proverbs 27, Chaplain Gilliam then gave the following points of wisdom to the students concerning their current and future friendships:
F: Forming Friendships- God provides us with friends to speak wisdom, encouragement, and admonishment into our lives. Using the biblical illustration of “iron sharpening iron”, we should always ask ourselves, "Is this friendship making me more like Christ?” (Proverbs 27:17)
R: What repels friends? - Some people desire relationships so much that they will be friends with anyone. Proverbs tells us that if our ultimate satisfaction and fulfillment is in our friendship with God in Christ, then we will be full and more apt to be discerning when it comes to friendships. The one who does not find fulfillment in God will crave any friendship in order to fill their void. This craving will ultimately cause destruction in their life. (Proverbs 27:7)
I: Ignoring friendships- There are some friends that are not wise friends to have. Everyone is an “angler” (someone always looking at how a situation can better themselves). Ultimately, a Christian needs to be wise in discerning who is and who is not worth being friends with.
E: Ending friendships- If a person walks with God, there are going to be times when they will need to choose to end certain relationships due to the fact that a particular friendship might not be building them up in Christ but instead is influencing them in a negative way.
N: Never-ending friendships- A person will engage in numerous friendships throughout their life while only having a few deep, true friendships. True friendship will stand the test of time; a true friend will always be willing to look past the minor offenses because they understand the grace and love of God.
D: Details of friendship- Everyone has, at one time or another, failed at a friendship; no one is perfect. There is only one person who is a perfect friend: Jesus Christ. Therefore, one should always look to Christ as the perfect example of a friend and attempt to live out of His model, with love, grace, humility, and availability.
Key Passage: Proverbs 27:5-18
In today’s chapel, Mrs. Tracy Cox laid the foundation for the month of March. After summarizing much of what they had been talking about in the last few months, she conveyed the theme of the month, “Walking in Him means I will put Him first.” Mrs. Cox then asked the student-body to give her some examples of things that money cannot buy. Answering this question, the students said things such as, happiness, a “ticket to heaven”, friendship, family, and God’s love. Following this, she moved into the story of the “rich, young ruler” as an example of putting God above everything in their life. This ruler asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answered by listing some core commandments. After the young ruler agreed that he had indeed done all of those things from his youth, Jesus challenged him to go and give all of his possessions to the poor and follow Him. To this, the young ruler walked away, sad. Mrs. Cox explained that having lots of money is not inherently a bad thing, but that anything that is treasured more than God becomes an idol and naturally shifts the focus from Him to earthly things that will eventually fall away. She summed up her message by challenging everyone to think about some things that get in the way of putting God first, things such as grades, sports, etc. Recognizing the difficulty in keeping God first while living in a world filled by distraction, Mrs. Cox then brought to bare the theme verse of this month, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” In closing out her message, Mrs. Cox exhorted those listening to examine their priorities and start making a conscious choice to put God first in everything they do.
Theme of the Month: “Walking in Him means I will put Him first.”
Theme Verse: Luke 18:27
Key Passage: Luke 18: 18-30
The 5th and 6th grade Choir, with the 4th grade music classes, performed their musical, "The Ultimate Superstar." The musical takes place during a rehearsal for a talent show where the children mistakenly believe that a celebrity will be coming for their performance. The children learn lessons about kindness and using their gifts for the Lord. Ultimately the students (and audience) were reminded that Jesus is the "Ultimate Superstar."
In this week’s combined lower school chapel, Mrs. Susan, a former lower school music teacher at GCA, came to speak to the students about her work in serving the Lord in South Asia. After opening with a time of worship, Mrs. Susan engaged the students by challenging their teachers to compete in a game of trivia about the country where she works. Next, Mrs. Susan talked about her own personal calling to serve overseas and told a story pertaining to her work in training up young people, teaching them how to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. In closing, she encouraged each student, along with the faculty and staff, to live out the Great Commission in their everyday lives by sharing Jesus with whomever they meet, wherever their feet take them.
Key Passages: Matthew 28:18-20
This morning, Mrs. Tracy Cox taught students about managing conflict through playing “The Blame Game.” She started off her message by reading the students a story of conflict where both parties blame each other for the unfortunate outcome. Mrs. Cox took students to Genesis 3 to illustrate the fact that people have been blaming one another since the beginning of time. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent when they were confronted by God about eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. The moral of Mrs. Cox’ story was that everyone makes choices and the best way to handle the bad ones is to “own up when we mess up.” Furthermore, “playing the blame game only makes conflict worse.” She encouraged the students to always be honest throughout their lives by reiterating the “STAY” plan of “altering choices” while also providing everyone with key Scriptures that convey the essence of sin and give instruction on what they are to do in order to receive the mercy and forgiveness of God.
Key Passages: Genesis 3:2-13, James 4:17, Proverbs 28:13