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A New Thing!

A New Thing!

Thursday, 6 December 2018  | Narelle - Principal

It is easy to be distracted by the last minute Christmas shopping and plans for family festivities, but over the next couple of weeks hopefully you will have the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. God himself, had entered into our world, a world broken and distorted by sin. Our joy comes from knowing that God is accomplishing something new, that he cannot be stopped or deterred, even in the face of what we see on the news each day. This ‘new thing’ will not only bring about the complete restoration of God’s Kingdom, but will bring new life to each of us who seek it.

Eugene Peterson calls the Christian life “a long obedience in the same direction.” In a world which always looks to the next big news story, celebratory season (hot cross buns will hit the supermarket shelves soon!), popular trends or shortcuts, being people of faith who wait expectantly and obediently for this new thing is seen to be more and more ‘out of step’ with the world.

And yet some things are worth waiting for! The necessary things. The lasting things. The transformative things. The things that bring us hope and new life.

The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. (2 Corinthians 5)

Recently you would have received a copy of our latest publication, Christian Education: Head, Heart, Hand. In this beautiful book we have tried to capture the heart of who we are as a Christian learning community.

MECS strives to be dynamic and creative leaders in learning: learning that instructs the mind, shapes the heart and equips the hand. We look at God’s world with biblically informed glasses. We see each child as an image-bearer of God, unique, loved, gifted and full of potential. We want our students to be robust in mind, heart and character, seeing a vision for living beyond themselves. A vision that is grounded in a clear understanding of who they are in God’s world. Not only are we preparing our graduates to seize life’s challenges and opportunities, we are inspiring courage and conviction to shape the world in which they live rather than being shaped by it.

At MECS, this is how we see the ‘new life’ being worked out in education. As we bring this school year to an end, we thank you for your partnership in this task. Bringing Christ-centred education to life each day is an exciting task and a huge blessing.

May you know the ‘new thing’ that God is doing in each one of us, and through us, this Christmas season. Be safe and enjoy!  


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