Whether it’s the school shoe sales or the return of 40kmh school zones, nearly all of us notice when it’s ‘back to school’ time.
And as schooling comes to our mind we should remember that education is a privilege we should never take for granted.
Many parents around the world would only dream of offering their kids the kind of education that is provided free to every child in Australia
Education empowers people to have a toolkit for life, whether it’s learning to read, write, add up or just relate to others .
The God who made all humans thinks that there is something that must be the foundation of all our knowledge and wisdom.
For, as we read in the Bible in the book of Proverbs, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7), and “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).
So, a person can seem very knowledgeable and wise, yet if they don’t fear God, their very foundation of life is unstable.
This is why a comprehensive education will include the study of God as much as the study of all the other subjects.
For the children enrolled at Christian schools, the study of God is not only taught as a subject, but it should form the very heart of the syllabus.
Yet, due to the provision of Scripture (SRE) classes, children in our state schools can also be taught from the Bible about the God who made them and loves them and sent his son to die for them.
This means that even secular schools can offer parents and carers the choice to have their children taught the true foundation of education and life.
As we begin another year, pray that the Bible will be taught in a clear and compelling way to children in all kinds of schools, so that our kids will have a sure foundation for learning and for life.
This weekend Simon continues our ‘Christ in the Psalms’ series, with the next talk titled ‘Life in between’ from Psalm 39.
We’re also launching our ministries for the year ahead, from youth and kids through to adults and seniors. We’d love you to join us to hear about the plans and to pray for the future.
Our 8am Sunday service will be the Lord’s Supper Sunday Service.
During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Simon will be answering these questions:
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a prayerbook service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.