Standing on the Shoulders of …
Each day I walk under the banner that reminds us that we walk “By Faith”. It points us to Hebrews 11 and reminds us of all the great men and women of God who were obedient to Him in their walk. These demonstrations of faith describe many situations when worldly knowledge would cause the average person to shrink back, but by faith these great men and women were motivated to move forward and do incredible things.
One example mentioned in this chapter is Noah who in the face of “things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” Heb 11:7 NIV He trusted God to do what had never been done before (build an ark to survive the flood). Later in the verse, we are told that by his obedience, he became an heir of the righteousness which was a precursor to our position when we put our faith in Christ.
So where are these great men and women today? They can be seen all around us. Forty plus years ago the Elders of Traders Point Christian Church had a vision to provide Christian education to students in the Northwest Indianapolis area. Great men like Howard Brammer and JK Stevens were charged and obediently followed God’s calling to lay a foundation and get the school off the ground. Besides having full time responsibilities at the church, they invested their time and effort as well as involving others. Several church leaders stepped forward to become the school’s first board members and contributed their time, talent and treasure to launch the school.
As the school has grown, the church provided room and resources for this new school to become more independent, and they brought in other community leaders from local churches and the Christian education community. The current leadership of the church continues to provided support and encouragement for our growth including the land that our school facilities are located along with generous financial gifts. As the relationship has matured similar to that of the emancipation of an adult child, the love and support from the church remain while school grows in size and programs.
We have also seen tremendous support from other members of our school family including investment of experience, advice and financial support. Each of you in some way support our school and help us to grow by your decision to bring your children to the school, help students to be successful, volunteer at the school, make additional gifts to the school, or simply support the activities of the school. In all these ways, you are all helping in Training Scholars, Making Disciples, Graduating Leaders.
Yes, we are certainly standing on the shoulders of many great men and women who have come before us or are ministering to the school now. Without their efforts and example, we would not be as successful as we are today. They have also given us a foundation from which to build and enhance the Christian education we offer. Thanks to those who came before us and to those who are laboring today.