First Things First: Go! Live the Story!


“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth”

I John 3:16,18



Mr. Matthew Pannkuk-Chaplain, Bible Teacher

Last year our theme was “Go! Tell the Story!”  Now, we want to expand upon that foundation and Go! Live the Story!

The Bible repeatedly tells us to love one another.  Yet so often that is something we only say, but hardly ever do.

Our theme verse is I John 3:16,18 (see above).  We are told that love is not something that can exist merely through verbal expressions, but at times it must be made tangible.

Now, sometimes verbal expressions are tangible forms of love, such as the comforting word of a friend, an affirmation of an ability, a sweet encouragement from a loved one.  Too often, though, those words ring hollow.   A child says “I love you Mommy,” less than five minutes after a shouting match with their sibling and being disobedient to your commands to calm down.  Or someone promises to attend an event they have zero intention of actually showing up to.

Or worse, we say we love the poor and care for the helpless, yet our lives never intersect with those less fortunate than us.  It’s not enough to simply say it; we must also live it.

John expands upon this when he says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (I John 3:17).  How can we say we are loving people, that we have been redeemed and transformed by our loving LORD to be conformed more and more unto the likeness of his Son Jesus, who is love incarnate, if we have the means to help and serve and yet do not do so?

The only way to truly love as we ought to love is to follow the example of Christ, who showed us what true love really means.  He first loved us, and so we are empowered and commanded to love one another.  Without the grace of the Spirit fueling our hearts, we simply cannot love others.  It must come from God.

So as we start a new school year tomorrow, we will endeavor to Go! Live the Story!  We will look at how others have Lived the Story in the power of Jesus, from missionaries and pastors to rulers and business to farmers and laborers.  We will Live the Story by continuing to have class led chapels, by having team chapels that allow us to dig even further into others’ stories, and through a new small group called Crew that will focus on practical ways to love each other as we keep one another accountable and lift them up in prayer.

Jesus Lived the Story.  We hope to imitate Christ and Live the Story in the hallways, at the lunch table, on the playground, in the classroom, at the lockers, any and everywhere we go, we want to Live the Story!


Twin Oaks Christian School, a ministry of Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church


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