2018/19 school year theme: Soul on Fire
It’s not only a popular Third Day song; it’s rooted in God’s eternal truth. Romans 12:11 says: “Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.” (NIRV)
There is a spiritual fire in our hearts. God put it there when we were baptized. It is the same fire that the disciples on the road to Emmaus discovered after Jesus had opened the Old Testament scriptures to them. He made it clear to them that He, Jesus, was not only the Fulfillment of all of God’s promises, He was the Answer to their deepest questions and needs. Then, after Jesus had physically departed from them, the two disciples said: “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while He talked to us . . .” From that point, those disciples were able to move from moping around to a life of dynamic love and service, motivated and enabled by Jesus and the Spirit He had conveyed to them through His Word.
Jesus is our Answer, as well, and the Answer for our children. Billy Joel was right: we didn’t start the fire; God did. We have, however, a responsibility to “tend” that fire, to keep it alive. When we read our Bibles, we keep the fire alive. When we gather to worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we keep the fire alive. When we gladly hear God’s Word and put it into practice, we keep the fire alive. And this fire, like physical fire, will spread, until others are blessed by its warmth.
The Abiding Savior community will be tending our fires this year. We will be reading our Bibles, we will be gathering together to hear God’s Word, and we will be learning and putting God’s Word into practice in our lives.
-Principal, Brian Ryherd
Servant leadership is referenced throughout scripture and it is important to our mission to encourage our students in serving.
Mark 10: 42 - 45 says "And Jesus called to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Abiding Savior students are responsible for taking care of our school facility and help daily by washing lunchroom tables and taking out the recycles. We encourage our older students to serve the younger grades through chapel buddies and reading buddies. Students learn that it is important to love one another through service and taking care of each other.