“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 New International Version).
This is my confirmation verse. While taking part in confirmation last week at Christ Lutheran with my daughter, these words of Paul stand out more in my mind. As the students went through their confirmation examination, I found myself trying hard to recite with them their answers to the pastors’ questions. Sometimes I was able to recite quietly to myself word for word, but often I could not. All of this got me thinking about how we never really stop learning.
“Lifelong learning” and “constant improvement” are common themes in education. As a student without an eidetic or photographic memory (or anything close), lifelong learning is sometimes replaced with “re-learning”. And yet, as with almost anything, the more one takes part in the activity the easier it is to remember. Which brings me to the point I want to make; how does one ensure that they “stand firm” as Paul states in 2 Thessalonians? By constantly being in God’s word and gathering with fellow believers.
This is another reason why our Lutheran schools are vital today. In addition to learning from well trained and dedicated teachers on things like math, science, English, history, and the like, our students spend time in God’s word. Their teachers are followers of Jesus, dedicated to bringing the best out of the students in their classroom, ensuring that each child meets their God-given potential. As the end of another academic year draws near, we as a staff encourage our students with the words of Paul “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:16 New International Version).