Back To School – 2019
Starting school for the first time, returning to school and starting a new grade with new teachers and students, maybe even going to a new school… is HUGE for children/students and their families. It feels like a bigger “new” beginning than January 1 does.
For any anxiety and nervousness, remember this special promise from God:
“Lord, you give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you.”
(Isaiah 56:3). Be sure to depend on Him because “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge [while] fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
> Questions Children Obsess About the Week Before School
Will I like my teacher/s?
Will my teacher/s like me?
Will I like the other kids in my class?
Will my friends be in my class?
Will kids who were a pain last year be in my class again?
* the kid who was constantly picking on you and making fun
* the kid who always out-spelled you, counted further, and
made a higher grade?
* the kid you just did not like and hated to be around
Will I be able to do the work? Will this be the year I flunk?
Will it be fun?
> Things we should remember:
> God will be with you every day at school. No matter how good or bad things are going, God/Jesus will be there. You can count on Their presence.
On the night before going to school when you’re picking out your clothes and making sure you have all your school supplies… Jesus is with you.
On the first morning of school and every school morning, as you’re waking up and eating a healthy breakfast to start the day… Jesus is with you.
When you’re getting on the school bus or being driven to school... Jesus is with you.
When you meet your teachers and new friends in your class… Jesus is with you.
When you’re playing with your friends at recess… Jesus is with you.
When you’re finding the right school bus to ride home… Jesus is with you.
When you’re telling your family about your day at school… Jesus is with you.
When you’re praying at night and thanking God for your family, your friends and your school… Jesus is with you.
God promised, “Never will I leave you…” (Hebrews 3:5)
> God loves you always. Other students may cut you out. A teacher may not like you. But, God loves you no matter what. “I have loved you with an ever- lasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3).
> So God loves you whether you get As or Fs. Some children go back to school excited about new things and expecting to do well. But some dread going back because they have not done well. Remember, even our academic superstars need to be told often that they are valued for much more than their school successes. God will keep on loving every child even if, horror of horrors, they get a C. Likewise, those who don’t perform as well need to be assured that God loves them as much as the superstars. Parents, be sure to remember this when grade reports come out through the year.
> Right now, going to school is your job. At school children learn about the whole world God created and practice skills they will need as they live and work in it. Your biggest challenge at school is to find your special gifts and talents and to become fully the person God made you to be. This is your most important job.
VACATION and VOCATION (slide)
Summer’s VACATION activities are fun because there is no pressure to per-form. But we’re going back to school and the focus is VOCATIONS.
Some of the VOCATIONS people here in this church have chosen are preacher, teacher, banker, doctor, construction manager, policeman, farmer.
Really, right now, going to school is your only vocation until you finish and choose a life vocation. You wouldn’t think so now, but you will eventually get as much pleasure in life from working hard at your VOCATION as from playing on your VACATION. Proverbs says, “Keep hold of instruction; do not let go… guard her, for she is your life.” (4:13) And 23:12 says, “Listen to your teacher and learn all you can.”
> YOU are Jesus’ hands and feet at school… on the bus, on the playground, in the cafeteria, in the hallways and restrooms, in the classroom, and on the courts or fields or track or stage. Preachers and Bible class teachers won’t be there, parents won’t be there, just YOU. Jesus will depend on YOU to stand up for what is right and fair and to be on watch for people who need love and care.
> 11 Commandments for School
God is God – even at school!
God is more important than anything, even grades or friends.
Always use God’s and Jesus’ names respectfully.
Don’t get so busy you’ll miss church.
Speak of your father and mother with love and respect (and to them)
Don’t hurt anyone. Look out for others, especially younger kids
Be a loyal friend to your friends and your school.
Do not steal other people’s stuff or the answers on their work.
Don’t tell lies about other people to get them in trouble or make yourself look good.
Don’t get jealous of what others have or what they can do. Do and be your best!
11th… on slide
> Featured song (verse)
Jesus loves the children dear / Children far away and near;
They are safe when in His care / Every day and everywhere.
Yes, Jesus loves them… Yes, Jesus loves them…
Yes, Jesus loves them… The Bible tells me so.
> New “School-year” resolutions:
Families will be settling into more structured schedules with school’s start, so let me encourage you making “new schoolyear’s family resolutions” to enrich your family’s spiritual life.
· Bedtime prayers. Parents of smaller children, tuck your child in, taking a bit of time to review their day and then say “thank you” to God for what was good and ask for help where needed. It’s also possible to do this together with the whole family just before time for bed.
· Give your family as much Bible as you can! Parents, your child may grow up to be another Einstein and discover light-speed travel or time travel, but if they don’t know God and Jesus Christ it will matter NOT ONE BIT!
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight…” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
First timers, first-time parents, and new schools – Bill Keith
Pre-Schoolers through 6th graders – Gaylon Tate
Junior High and Senior High – Carroll Thetford
College, Technical & Trade Schools – Danny Blalock
Teachers – Richard Akins
Do not forget who your Teacher is…. Let no one doubt that you are following God yourself…
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go.” (Psalm 32:8)
Board, Administrators, and all Support Staff – Marvin Parks
Families / Church Family – Darrell Parks I