School Theme

Our school theme for the Bryn Athyn Church School for the 2022-2023 school year is: “Walk in all the Ways that I have Commanded you” (Jeremiah 7:23).

This year our chapel schedule will focus on the books of 1st and 2nd Kings.  We will hear stories about King Solomon and the building of the temple. We will hear about the prophets Elijah and Elisha, as well as the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah.  We will hear about the kings that walked in the Lord’s commandments, and the kings that didn’t.

As part of our school theme, we will also focus on the 10 Commandments. “There is an infinity in the Word’s least details…. It is especially true of the Ten Commandments. Because they teach love for God and love for our neighbor, they are a brief synopsis of the entire Word”  (True Christianity 290).  “In loving God and our neighbor, the first step is not doing evil, and the second step is doing good” (True Christianity 329).

When we follow the Ten Commandments, we can find true happiness: “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love….These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:10-12).

Part of our school theme will also focus on the active verb to “walk.”  “To walk in the Word symbolically means to live, and to walk with God symbolically means to live from Him” (Apocalypse Revealed 167).  Physically, there are numerous health benefits to walking. And spiritually, there are numerous spiritual health benefits to walking in the Lord’s commandments.

As adults, walking is second nature, and we rarely think about it as we’re doing it.  But mechanically, walking involves a process in which we are continuously falling and catching, falling and catching.  This is what is involved in walking in the Lord’s commandments as well.  The Lord doesn’t expect us to be perfect. So, whenever we “fall and catch” ourselves, we are taking important steps in walking in His commandments.

Infants learn to walk by holding on to their parent’s hands.  We can learn to walk spiritually by holding on to the Lord’s hands.  We are supported from above, while we do the work, as if of ourselves, with our feet.  It takes practice to walk in the Lord’s commandments, and helping our students practice for both natural and spiritual life is part of our mission at the Bryn Athyn Church School.

Rev. Solomon Keal, School Pastor