During the annual Spiritual Emphasis week, Greenbrier Christian Academy hosted the pastoral staff from Liberty Baptist Church of Greenbrier. In their opening chapel service, the GCA community had the privilege of hearing from Pastor Dalton Stoltz, the Campus Pastor of Liberty Greenbrier. In his message, Pastor Stoltz challenged all to ask the question, “what is your identity in today?” He explained to them that their identity needs to be in something that is bigger than their self; their identity needs to be founded in Jesus Christ. Bringing GCA’s chapel theme into context, Pastor Stoltz explained that Colossians 2:6-7 presupposes that people are already in Christ. That being said, he went on to describe four categories that could have been sitting in the room that day: those who have intellectual knowledge of Christ but who are not ashamed to say they do not believe, those who put on the mask of Christianity, those who are just starting their journey with Christ, and lastly, those who are walking in Christ and are passionate about deepening their relationship with Him. He challenged the students further by asking them which category they thought they were in and then probed GCA in asking, “What are you holding onto that is hindering you from clinging to Jesus Christ?” In closing, Pastor Stoltz walked all of GCA through elements of the “Roman Road”, exalting the Gospel message of Christ and exhorting all to consider making Him the foundation of their identity.

Key Passages: Colossians 2:6-7; Romans 3:23, 5:8, 8:1, 10: 9-10