In this morning’s chapel service, Mrs. Cox laid the foundation for the final month’s theme of the year, “Walking in Him means I will want His will to be done.” She asked the students about things that they wish they were better at. After receiving answers such as gymnastics, karate, and academics, she asked the students who they might go to in order to improve these skills. Likewise, Mrs. Cox taught, the disciples followed Jesus Christ because they wanted to be like Him in every way. One of those ways was through prayer. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how they should pray. In His answer, Jesus laid out what is now called the “Lord’s Prayer,” in which He prays for God’s will to be done on the earth, as it is in Heaven. Mrs. Cox explained Christ’s prayer while He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, before His crucifixion. In His prayer, He states, “not my will, but your will be done.” Jesus Christ submitted to His Heavenly Father and willingly died for the sake of all mankind. Applying this to students, Mrs. Cox reminded them that they should willingly submit and surrender to His will for their lives because His will for them is so much better than anything they could ever dream up for themselves.
Month Theme: “Walking in Him means I will want His Will to be done.”
Theme Verse: Luke 22:42
Chaplain Shipp had the opportunity to address the students of Bridge Academy chapel this morning. Using this month’s theme, “Walking in Him means I will spend time with God”, he focused his message around who the Holy Spirit is and what it really means to have Him dwell inside the believer. First, Chaplain Shipp laid a foundation by asking the students who the Holy Spirit is for them. They learned that the Holy Spirit is their helper, comforter, guide, and advocate. Next, Chaplain Shipp asked the students of the significance of Easter and the resurrection of Christ. After receiving many great answers, he taught that without the obedience Jesus Christ displayed in willingly sacrificing Himself and dying, there would be no chance for a resurrection and, without the resurrection of Christ, there would be no ability to have the Holy Spirit dwell inside of the believer. Chaplain Shipp encouraged students to remember that because of their faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit does indeed dwell within each of them. Because the Holy Spirit is inside of them, they have the ability to overcome temptation and sin if they are focused on walking in the reality of this truth each and every day. Chaplain Shipp focused the remainder of his time encouraging each student to take the necessary time each day to spend with their one, true God; the one God that loves them so much that He sent His only Son to die in order that they might be able to have a deep and everlasting relationship with their good and holy Father.
John 14:15-17; 16:7-15
Mrs. Cox taught on the last “Peacemaker theme” of the year instructing the students on how to make a respectful appeal. The students learned that an appeal is "a respectful request you make to others if you want them to consider your thoughts, feelings, or needs when they are making a decision." Next, they learned that there are times when it is appropriate to make an appeal, but a respectful appeal is more effective than demanding their own way. Using the Peacemaker model, they were instructed on how to ask for something using the "STAR” appeal:
Finally, Mrs. Cox ended chapel by providing an example to everyone by using the “STAR” method on Daniel’s respectful appeal found in Daniel 1:8-16.
Key Passages: Daniel 1:8-16
After a quick review of the monthly themes for the year, Mrs. Cox introduced the theme for the month of April: “Walking in Him means I will make time to spend with him.” She led the students in a “time of honesty” where she asked everyone a series of questions about what things get in the way of spending time with God. The students responded with things such as video games, sports, television, money, obsessing over academics, and worry. After this time, Mrs. Cox read a story titled “Children of the King.” Throughout the story, five orphans attempt to use their talents to impress the king in order to be adopted into his family. Though they all are very talented, only one orphan is willing to give her time and energy to the king. Because the king is not looking to be impressed, he adopts her into his family due to the simple fact that she was willing to spend time with him. This story paralleled the Gospel; while we can get wrapped up in trying to “impress” God through accomplishing many tasks and using our gifts, the one thing that God wants most is for us to spend time with Him. After reading this story to the students, Mrs. Cox explained the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, emphasizing even more the importance of spending time with God. Along with this, she established the theme verse of the month of April found in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Bible Story of the Month: Luke 10:38-42
Verse of the Month: Matthew 6:33
Continuing with GCA’s annual Missions Emphasis Week, the GCA Dominican Republic mission team held a special student-led testimony chapel service for both the Foundation and Bridge Academies. After leading a time of worship together, the worship team then performed one of the songs that they learned while in the Dominican Republic, singing it all in Spanish. The team shared photos and stories from their trip. Many team-members shared personal testimonies of what they had learned on the trip. Finally, the team performed the “Hunger Skit” for everyone. This was to show that nothing in this world will satisfy anyone except Jesus Christ.
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