August 17, 2017 | TFA Communications |
Written by Mr. Patrick Barrett, Executive Director for Spiritual Formation and Missions
My 3-year old son recently began to pepper me constantly with the most incredible question, “Why, Daddy?”
You get the picture. My son’s “why” questions highlight the desire we all have to find purpose and meaning in everything we do, even the smallest tasks. As we begin the 2017-18 school year, you might ask why our students are required to attend regular chapel services. I’m glad you did.
At The First Academy, we believe God reveals Himself in all of creation. Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” God reveals a part of Himself to us in the skies – namely, that His glory and creative power are altogether wonderful.
God put His glory on display in the stars, but without exploring His “self-revelation” further, our students could never know the Lord by simply looking up at night. But praise the Lord for revealing Himself beyond the stars – namely, through the Bible.
Without exception, a biblical worldview is the centerpiece of every classroom at The First Academy, but chapel is a very special experience. During chapel services, entire divisions will focus exclusively on what God has revealed to us in His Word and join with the Psalmist to sing praises like, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom!” And they’ll experience this all together.
This year we have an outstanding group of pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders who will be opening the Word with our students that includes:
Please join me in praying for these leaders and for chapel worship in 2017-18!