Every Christian School should have the goal of training young people to become “Champions for Christ”.
What does it take for a young person to become a “Champion for Christ?”
First it takes CONVICTIONS based on the Word of God. Paul told his son in the faith: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 ).
Secondly, it takes COMMITMENT. Students must accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. The commitment of parents and teachers is a key ingredient, of course, but students must make Christianity personal. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1-2)
Thirdly, it takes COMPASSION, a genuine love for God and people. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he replied: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. (Luke 10:47)
Fourthly, it takes COURAGE to stand up against all the pressures to compromise, and thus fail the Lord. God’s advice to Joshua is good for students too: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9 )
And lastly it takes CONSISTENCY—living the Christian life “in season and out of season” It means not quitting when the going gets rough.
Students who grow up with these qualities will change the world for Jesus Christ!