Chapel recap, February 2017
Pastor Eric Stone (The Life Church, Lisle, IL and WCGS school dad)
Singing was led by the Jr. High Praise Team. Then 5D and 5K beautifully presented the concepts of mercy and grace through a dramatization of the parable of the forgiven servant. Though the servant was forgiven much, he did not forgive another in return (Matthew 18:21-35).
School parent Eric Stone began his talk by sharing Colossians 3:13 – “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” He then introduced his theme: What to do if you step on my shoe? Many times things don’t go as we want. People hurt our feelings. People let us down. People step on our shoe. God has given us grace so we need to give grace to others.
What is grace? Mercy withholds a punishment that we deserve. Grace gives a blessing that we don’t deserve. To further understand grace, Mr. Stone had three large boxes that student volunteers helped him open.
Box 1 contained a helmet and a bat to demonstrate beginning grace. The helmet represented grace as a way to avoid punishment (the bat). We do need the grace of God to avoid punishment. That’s true, but it’s not all that grace is.
Box 2 held a bouncy ball that two students bounced back and forth to represent growing grace. Grace is not only a means to avoid punishment. It is gives us friendship with God. That’s great! Because of grace I am not punished any more for my sin, and now I get to be a friend of God. That’s true, but it’s not all that grace is.
Box 3 contained boxes of tissues to represent sharing grace. Students spent a minute pulling out tissues one at a time. When they pulled one out, there was still another. If they had been given more time and had emptied a complete box, there were more boxes. This reminded us that you can’t use up God’s grace. God’s grace is not only about avoiding the punishment for our sin. It’s not just about friendship with God. We also get to have a relationship with others. Matthew 18:21-35 shows us that we are finally free to give grace to others when we’ve received God’s grace to us.
There are a lot of different people in the world. We need God’s grace to respond to them. Mr. Stone posed the following “Big Question.” Will others understand God’s grace because of the grace I’ve given them? A few practical day-to-day examples were discussed to show how we can choose to show grace.
What to do when you step on my shoe? Give grace!
You could join Pastor Stone in praying the following for your children, family, WCGS, etc.
Grace for your life and the ability through Christ to forgive yourself.
Grace to forgive those who hurt you.
That grace would be our FIRST response rather than judgment.
That grace would help me correct wrong behavior with the heart of restoration and not retribution.
That grace would be given generously from our lives to this broken world as a glimpse into the grace available in Christ, through the gospel.
Mr. Dave Osborn, Varsity Basketball Coach, Wheaton Academy
After the Praise Team led us in worship songs, Hanna Fritz (7R) and Evan Shelton (8M) told their two-minute stories – their testimonies. (In January's chapel, Pastor Lon Allison of WBC encouraged all the students in 6-8 to write their two-minute stories, which they did in Connect Groups or 6th grade Bible class.) Dave Osborn, varsity basketball coach at Wheaton Academy, had his varsity and sophomore team players sing praise songs/hymns for us as we joined in. Then J.D Gunn (jr.) and Jameson Teuscher (sr.) gave their two-minute stories describing what led to their making a commitment to their Redeemer.
Mr. Osborn then diagrammed the Bridge (sometimes referred to as the Four Spiritual Laws) of MAN on one side of a chasm and GOD on the other side. Because God is holy and we all as humans are sinners by nature and practice, there is no way that we can cross the deep chasm to reach God. Because God loved us even while we were still sinners, He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins. His sacrifice made it possible for us to confess our sins to God and have our sins forgiven! The CROSS of Jesus spans the chasm and bridges the gap! We can anticipated the certainty of eternal life spent in Heaven with Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It was good to have the Gospel reviewed in chapel. We would encourage families to review this diagram and concept (which was actually new to a number of our students) with your children. The Bridge is a great means of sharing the Gospel with others.