Our Christian Values
Christian values for Alban
The Christian values we are focusing on this term are koinonia and forgiveness.
1 Corinthians 12:24-25
But God has combined the members of the body ....so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
1 Corinthians 12:24-26
But God has combined the members of the body ....so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.
Koinonia is a Greek term used over twenty times in the New Testament. It describes how Christians share fellowship as one large family that God has called. For the first disciples, they shared money and property in order to support everyone and focus upon God.
In our school community, each and every person is valued and is important to the whole. Through Christ, we join together to look after and support each other as we learn and grow closer to God. In addition, we extend our view of community outwards. In particular, we will support the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal, Operation Christmas Child and The Children’s Society this term.
Colossians 3: 13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on you.
The Bible reveals a loving, just God who is ‘slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin’ (Numbers 14:18). This forgiveness was made evident through Christ’s redeeming action on the cross. None of us are perfect, yet we can be confident that when we do make wrong choices, God will welcome us back.
Just as God forgives us, we must also forgive without limit. Jesus taught his disciples to forgive, ‘seventy times seven’ – in other words, without end! Forgiveness was at the heart of everything he did and is central to the Lord’s Prayer. During the second half-term, we shall be focusing on our relationship with God, one another and the importance of forgiveness. We are particularly mindful during the Advent season of the Incarnation – ‘God made man’ – in the coming of the Christ-child.
In the Spring Term, the Christian values we shall consider are wisdom and trust.
Proverbs 4: 6
Do not forsake wisdom and she will protect you; love her and she will watch over you.
1 Kings 3:9 (Solomon’s request for wisdom rather than power or wealth)
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.
There is a distinction between wisdom and knowledge. As a pupil once said, ‘Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.’ The Proverbs, part of the ‘Wisdom Literature’ in the Bible, states that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’. Wisdom is insight into the way life works: a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things. It is rooted in proper reverence for God who is the source of all life and all values.
Jesus contrasted wisdom with foolishness. For instance, in the parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus tells of a man who put his trust in worldly possessions. When he died, he could not take them with him. This man, Jesus explains, missed the point of life. Rather, we should serve God and others.
This half-term, we shall focus in our Collective Worship upon what it means to be wise. What is the best way to live? What is the purpose of life? What is really important? What is right and wrong? How do we know? We shall draw upon the example of Jesus and saints in our explorations here.
John 14: 1
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters......Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The Bible reveals a God we can trust. A God that will ‘never leave us or forsake us’. A God that we can turn to in times of trouble. Indeed, trust is a key part of love and friendship. As we join to praise God and show our trust in Him for our lives, God offers us His love, shown most clearly through Jesus. Furthermore, He entrusts us with responsibilities now; to care for ourselves, each other and the environment.
As we move from Lent towards Easter, we remain mindful of trust in our own lives and the responsibilities this brings. Join with us as we trust in God’s promises and become ‘trustworthy’ people.
In the Summer Term, we focus upon the Christian values of Love and Friendship.
Matthew 29: 39
Love your neighbour as yourself.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’
1 John 4:8
‘God is love.’
From beginning to end, the Bible reveals God as a God of love. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’ (John 3:16). Perhaps the most famous description of love is found in 1 Corinthians 13: ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’
In our school community, we reflect in particular this half-term on how we can show this biblical example of love in our own lives, towards ourselves, others and God.
The Son of Man (Jesus) ... a friend of tax-collectors and sinners.
John 15: 13-14 (Jesus’ words at the Last Supper)
‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.’
The Christian Value we are particularly focusing on this half-term is Friendship. True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. This is a special relationship we have with certain people; a friend loves and cares for you at all times. As well as this, we reflect upon Jesus’ example of friendship. In his earthly ministry, he excluded no-one; those seen as outcasts were of central importance to God’s mission. In school we will be thinking about how we can be friends to others and how we receive another’s friendship, including God’s friendship.