ROOT – something that is an origin or source
I hope you were able to attend one of our vision presentations or open house. If so, you heard that we are going to be focusing on “the root”. As we move to an adaptation of the Charlotte Mason philosophy one point of emphasis will be to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. Charlotte Mason calls that fixating on the root.
Obviously, as believers we know that “the root” is Jesus. What we sometimes lose sight of is the fact that without the crucifixion we would have nothing to believe in. Jesus would just be a nice guy in history who did some extraordinary things. However, once you become a believer the crucifixion takes on another level of importance.
I love what Oswald Chambers says about Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Chambers says, “Our Lord did not scathe sin; He came to save from it. We are apt to put the superb blessings of the Gospel as something for a special few; they are for sinners saved by grace.” This is a very humbling thought. The Gospel should make us uncomfortable because no Earthly individual would ever do something so crazy as what Jesus experienced in our places.
As we encounter Easter weekend I would encourage you to focus on these verses:
John 10:10 – I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 19:30 – Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Luke 24:2-7 – And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not her, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
This Easter, let’s all make sure to fix our eyes on Jesus, and keep ourselves strongly attached to the root.
One characteristic that marks the average Christian today is lack of expectation. When we pray we do not expect anything unusual to happen; consequently, nothing does. What we as Christians need today is a fresh spirit of anticipation – one that springs strong out of the promises and character of God. Where there is not such expectation, there is no true belief in God.”
– A.W. Tozer
I have spent a great deal of time evaluating what value RCA can provide in the Dayton area. It has become very clear through prayer, meeting with families and surveying people not associated with the school that there is a strong desire for an excellent Christian school in this community. Rhea County Academy can fulfill that desire. I believe God wants to use RCA in a huge way.
RCA has an opportunity to be a school this community has never seen before. A distinctively Christian, private school that focuses on relationships and strong academics. Parent support and involvement will be vital and wanted. RCA will be a strong educational option for Dayton and the surrounding community.
As we move into our new school facility in March it will be paramount that we make ourselves known. To assist with this process we are going to have a Community Wide Open House on Monday, March 25th from 5:00-8:00. People may pop in at whatever time is convenient. Anyone in the community is invited to attend and at 6:00 we will present a 3 and 6 year vision for RCA. We will be announcing other opportunities to tour the school or get involved soon so please stay tuned to our communication tools.
Above everything we can do as individuals to support and develop RCA, as believers we know that all things are possible with our God. I am committing to pray without ceasing that God will use RCA to do incredible things. As Tozer said in the quote, “Where there is no such expectation, there is no true belief in God.” I expect God is going to honor and bless RCA. I expect He is going to use us to do amazing things. I ask that you join us in that expectation, and that you commit to praying for the school, faculty, staff, board, and students every day.
The Warrior’s Journal is the official blog of Rhea County Academy. The blog will be updated at least once weekly, and every Monday the week’s announcements will be posted at the end of the blog post. Rhea County Academy is a private, K4-12 Christian school in Dayton, Tennessee. Check back with us for all the latest news. Go Warriors!