It is that time of year again to turn our attention to the start of the school year. I am excited for the new possibilities and opportunities that will be occurring this 2017-2018 school year.
At the Secondary Campus, we will explore the theme of “Whatever it Takes.” The theme reminds me of a situation that occurred this summer. I am sure that this summer you noticed and saw the effect from the forest fires in the Lower Mainland. I remember how I tried to explain to our out of town guests what Vancouver should look like as we entered the city for the first time on their visit. It seems the smoke from the forest fires made Vancouver into a shadow of its reality as the gorgeous mountains hid behind the smoke that had severely limited our vision. In 1 Corinthians 13:12 it says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” Vancouver’s smoke echoes the visual metaphor of this passage and our theme for the year.
We live in a broken world that is burning from the consequences of sin. We cannot see the full reality as we look at this world and our lives. Even though we see dimly we can still find hope that we can be fully known by Christ. Being known by Christ and knowing Christ reminds us of the true reality we live in. Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega sits on the throne in control over all the cosmos. Jesus has conquered death through His resurrection and is still personal and active in our world today. This reality is constantly being challenged as we live out our days amongst the smoke that limits our vision and distorts reality in what we should chase after in this life.
This year we want to examine how Jesus fulfills this theme of doing whatever it takes to restore the universe from the consequences of sin. Also, the theme of whatever it takes will explore the need to reflect how easy it is to lose sight of the beautiful Kingdom of God. Comfort, Family, Materialism, Careers, Politics and even Academics all can slip onto our throne that Jesus should be sitting upon. One day the smoke will clear and the mountains will be visible and our vision fully restored but until then RCS will focus on whatever it takes to seek after a deeper relationship with Jesus that will shape and direct our lives in all aspects of life.
Mr Jason Paul
Our vision at Richmond Christian Secondary Campus is to provide students with a quality holistic education that invites the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to restore and ignite passionate Christ-followers who display a depth of character and leadership, are driven by wonder and the desire to worship God, and are inspired by the Gospel to use their skills, talents and attributes to meaningfully impact our communities and world.