Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Standifer Gap Seventh-day Adventist Church Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA


Not Just Another School

A lack of money prevented me from attending church school.  But my high school in Varina, Virginia, had a special advantage: it was the governor’s school.  Governor Chuck Robb decided he’d pay special attention to our school.  Because he wanted this to be a very special school, he gave us more money and technology. 


The Standifer Gap Elementary School is extra special, because it’s the King’s school!  The King of the universe takes a special interest in what is going on across the street.  Of course our academics are top-notch, but in the King’s school another subject reigns supreme: Jesus Christ.


Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV) says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”


This school is God’s idea.  A wonderful idea.  A school where we can pray.  A school where we can teach our children about Jesus.  A school where they can learn to love Him.


Teachers and parents, do you live what you teach?  Kids notice.  If kids see me not living what I preach, they don’t want to have anything to do with me.


I’m grateful that some are supporting our school.  Take time to pray that when Jesus comes, these kids will be ready to meet Him too.  The invitation is clear: We need to get on our knees and say, “Lord, I need your help.”


I’m also grateful that we have people who want to help extend the blessing of church school to young people whose parents, like mine, couldn’t bear the whole financial burden themselves.  If that’s your situation, please talk with us.  Don’t leave your children to be educated where they can’t be taught about Jesus.


Adapted from the pastor’s sermon 8/25/2012 by Barbara & John Beckett.  For the full presentation, listen here. Former Pastor Pages are available in the archive