“Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” (Matthew 10:1)
WOW! When you consider this passage, you see that God’s authority worked through the twelve disciples to bring healing and hope--salvation!--to a hurting world.
Further reading in this passage surprisingly held some striking instructions. As the disciples preached and ushered in the kingdom of God they were to give freely, out of their abundance. (v. 8) But they were not to give foolishly. “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (v. 16) Jesus instructed them to discern their surroundings and the needs that existed.
SJCS core values and Throughlines promote DISCERNMENT.
“We are Wise Decision-Makers who use discernment to guide our actions and choices.”
Teachers and parents who practice discernment, a posture of being open to learning and being sharpened by others, model this important skill for our children.
An Invitation to the January series
One way to grow in discernment and be sharpened by others is to attend this year’s January Series which is simulcast in our SJCS auditorium at 9:30 AM from January 8 - 28. Topics include creation and evolution, democracy, religious freedom, immigrants, and the American hunger crisis. Influential speakers such as Ann Compton and Mitch Albom carry out the January Series mission to “cultivate deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day in order to inspire cultural renewal and make us better global citizens in God’s world.”
Join us for any and all of this year’s simulcasts as we partner with God’s call to bring truth, grace, healing, and wholeness to a broken world. You can learn more about the upcoming schedule of topics in the PDF flyer below. We also have brochures available in the school office.
"the January Series: Listen | Learn | Discern | 2020" (PDF Flyer)
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)