If you have had the opportunity for a conversation with a Cornerstone high school student within the last two weeks, it is likely that you have heard about their recent IMPACT experiences. The students have much to share about how they were personally impacted even as they impacted the lives of others.
Mrs. Luke and I were privileged to share a nine-day trip with a group of 10 students as we traced the footsteps of Paul in Greece. These students will forever carry visuals in their mind’s eye whenever they read scriptures related to the places we visited and stood where Paul stood as he shared the Gospel in Corinth, Philippi, Athens, Berea, and Thessaloniki. It is my prayer that the deeper understanding of Paul’s missional calling will prompt each of these students (and all CPA students) to embrace the calling on their own lives and be willing to live out that calling with courage and boldness.
As our tour group was traveling from Athens to Thessaloniki, we took a one-day stopover to visit the monasteries of Meteora. The area of Meteora has numerous massive sheer rock formations. It was to the nooks and crannies and the top of these rocks that persecuted believers of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Greece retreated as early as the 11th century, eventually constructing multiple monasteries, of which six remain, in this spot that was virtually inaccessible except by scaling the precipitous peaks.
As the rocks of Meteora came into view, it was clear to see how building on top of these rocks provided not only a firm foundation, but also security from enemy attacks. This brought to my mind the parable found in Matthew 7 regarding the wise and foolish builders.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell - and great was its fall,” Matthew 7:24-27, NASB.
Cornerstone’s founding families selected the name “Cornerstone” based on Ephesians 2:19-22, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
As the conclusion of another school year quickly approaches, it is our sincere prayer that all students have begun or continue to build their faith on the rock, the cornerstone, the firm foundation of Christ Jesus so that they may stand confidently on that foundation as they encounter challenges of life and tests of faith in times to come. It is our honor to partner with you in this endeavor of growing your children.