Choosing to Follow Him
by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
This past week when I was on the Keizer campus, someone reminded me of the impact made by the senior class of 2016. Last year they visited the elementary students on the Keizer campus summarizing their recent missions trip to Mexico. The young adults soon to graduate provided encouragement as they modeled a life of service and sacrifice. Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus with our entire lives is full of reward and abundant living, but can be challenging to consistently accomplish. It was an excellent example to the young students of surrendering to God’s will and all the victories and growth from challenges that comes with that. The class of 2017 will be sharing their missions experience on the Keizer Campus this spring. It will be a sweet homecoming for one student as his Christian schooling began on the Keizer Campus.
This past week on the South Campus, secondary students took an hour of their week and spent it with elementary students in their classrooms. They hope to develop friendships that will allow them to pass on God’s truths of transformation in their lives. Through games, teaching, and times of prayer, these young disciples are themselves leading younger disciples to follow Jesus.
Mark Dever writes in his book on disciple-making, “To be human is to be a disciple. God didn’t present Adam and Eve with a choice between discipleship and independence, but between following him and following Satan. We are all disciples; the only question is, of whom?” Our children are already disciples. It is of utmost importance that we consider who we are allowing in our children’s lives for them to follow. Without deliberate intervention, the inertia of this culture can easily lead our students away from Jesus.
The mission of Crosshill Christian school is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. To expand on that charge, the mission is to make disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ. Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ is not an end in itself. It is a transformational process that is ongoing. One of the joys of surrendering to Jesus is to share this joy with others. Our desire is for CCS graduates to be fully committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their lives with an authentic faith they claim as their own. We also desire that they don’t “hide it under a bushel”, but let their light shine to the world. And not just with Facebook posts, or political engagement, but with a desire for real relationships with others that transfer God’s love and grace. To that end, the school’s K-12 model provides opportunity for training that can impact others eternally.
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
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