Front Range Christian School offers weekly chapel for all students, K-12. The elementary school chapel is held on Wednesdays from 8-9am in the in the performing arts center (PAC) of the junior/senior high campus. The junior/senior high chapel is also on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:20am in the performing arts center (PAC).
Each year, there is an annual theme for our chapel services. The theme is school-wide and each speaker ties their chapel talk into the theme.
To learn more about the spiritual development of students at FRCS, read about the philosophy and approach to Discipleship at FRCS.
2016/2017 Theme: I am...
““See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”” ~ 1 John 3:1 (NIV)
The Apostle John wrote his first of 3 letters in the tone of a father writing to his children in the faith. Thirteen times in 1 John alone he uses the word “child or children” to address them. The opening line of this verse asks us to stop and see (the KJV uses the word “behold”) this great truth, that God the Father has lavished on us his great (agape) love. How often we breeze right past this statement! John writes as though he’s amazed at this manner of love that would cause God Himself to call us his children. This school year our school theme focuses on seeing with fresh eyes the manner of love that God has “lavished” on us and as a result, to find our true identity in our relationship with Him.
“I have published it before heaven and earth, and made the angels know it, that you are my children, and I am not ashamed of you. I glory in the fact that I have taken you for my sons and daughters.” (C. H. Spurgeon)
Although the love of God lavished upon his children is perhaps the central truth of the Gospel, how easy it is to grow deaf to its significance. In fact, in the chapter preceding the one containing our theme verse, John the Apostle (self-described as the “one whom Jesus loved” - John 13:23) appeals to his spiritual children’s relationship with Christ as the reason why we walk in obedience, love others, can spot false teachers, and eagerly anticipate the return of Christ.
In other words, because we are truly children of God, it should show in our likeness to our Father’s heart, our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ and our resistance to a world that is growing increasingly hostile towards Christians. Notice how the second half of our theme verse addresses this divide.
“The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
We shouldn’t be surprised or offended to discover that the world does not know us, because it did not recognize the Son whom He sent. Ultimately, we should expect the world to treat us as it treated Him—rejecting His Son and mocking the Cross.
As those whom God, through Christ, have been redeemed and clothed in righteousness; are called sons and daughters of God; and have passed from death into life, we invite you to marvel at the love of the Father—to be astonished by it. And having beheld His glory, beauty, and generosity, to truly walk according to who we are as children of God.
FRCS’s annual theme is a common thread woven throughout the school year to help encourage unity in our community and provide a framework for discipleship and chapel. It provides an opportunity for our school to focus on growth in a particular area both as individual followers of Christ and as a Body of believers.
Themes are chosen with input from many sources and after a lot of prayer as we seek God’s leading for our school. They are often associated with a specific Bible verse or passage or a book. The verse for this year’s theme, according to the NIV study Bible, mostly likely comes from a hymn used by the early church. Another note explains that, “Some of the most important doctrines were expressed in Christian hymns, preserved for us now only in Paul’s letters” (study note for Col. 3:16).
We hope that you will join us in exploring the theme and its implications for you and for this community.