Above: Year 12 Home Education Certificate recipients AJ Horsman and Stefanie Muller with Managing Director Mr Chapman.
Each year at our awards presentation our Managing Director gives an address to our Home Education Certificate recipients as they embark on a new chapter in their life. The speech by Mr Chapman has been reproduced below:
Our text for tonight is:
2 Tim 3: 14-15 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
There are five questions, which I would like to ask tonight about this passage:
Who must continue in the things, which he had learned?
The letter was addressed to Timothy and the Apostle Paul was writing to him to encourage him.
Tonight I am applying what was written to Timothy to all our Home Education Certificate recipients and students.
I am encouraging you to continue in the things, which you have learned.
Question no 2
What did Timothy learn?
If you look at the passage it says: The Holy Scriptures; “You have known the Holy Scriptures”
What are some other terms, which can be used alongside the Holy Scriptures? We also refer to them as the Bible, the Word of God, the living Word, the Words of life, the Sword of the Spirit, the Book of the law the statues, the righteous judgments; your ways, your precepts, your testimonies, your commandments.
In your Paces, you have been learning the Holy Scriptures daily. This is something that you have become very used too. You learn your Scripture verse in each PACE; there are often Scriptures quoted in the PACEs or the comic strips.
This has been occurring day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.
One thing I can tell you; this is unusual in today’s world. Most students who go to school even from Christian families do not read about God at all during the day. The Word of God is not referred to. But with you it is different, you have learned the Scriptures daily and therefore I want to encourage you to:
Continue in the things, which you have learned.
Say it with me;
You must continue in the things you have learned!
Question no 3
When did he learn the Scriptures?
From Childhood. Timothy learned the Scriptures from Childhood.
And so it was for you home school certificate recipients; you have learned the Scriptures from childhood. Some of you began learning Scriptures from three or four years of age. Others started a few years later. No matter, you have all learned them from childhood.
That is exciting. You are far better prepared to face the years ahead than I was at the same age.
You know far more Bible verses than I did at the same age. I am excited for you. It has been said that 90% of Christians know less than ten verses off by heart. That is not many to face the difficulties of life. You have made an excellent start and it will help you in your decision making, in facing temptation and in leading a life, which is pleasing to God.
So may I encourage you to: Continue in the things, which you have learned 2 Tim 3:14
Question no 4
From whom did Timothy learn the Scriptures when he was in his childhood?
Turn if you will back a couple of chapters to 2 Tim 1:5
I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also
So for Timothy it was his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice.
Who encouraged you to learn your verses and the things of God?
It was most likely your father and mother, or perhaps it was your grandmother or grandfather, or your aunt or uncle or sister or brother. Perhaps it was a combination of all the people who are close to you.
Always give thanks for those who taught you the things of God. Always remember them in your prayers.
For their desire is that you will grow up to be godly young men and women who will continue in the things which you have learned.
Parents I wish to encourage you.
It says in the Word that Children should honour their father and mother. I too would like to honour you for your dedication and sacrificial love; that you chose to home educate your children and did not pass on the responsibility of training your children to someone else.
But more than that, that you chose to oversee their learning of a Christian education. You discussed the meaning of the Bible verses, you read the Holy Scriptures to your children and pointed our practical examples of how the Bible speaks about the everyday things of life.
You have undertaken a wonderful thing, and I honour you tonight.
Question no 5
What will happen when you continue to learn the Scriptures that were taught to you by your loving relatives from childhood?
It says here, ‘You will become wise for salvation’
The verb is present indicative active. We are all students of grammar aren’t we?
That means when scripture says be wise, it means continue to be wise; go on in your wisdom, which will mean we will continue to be saved from sin; from those who seek to destroy us.
You have learned the 60 character traits in your PACEs. Go on and continue in those character traits. You have learnt to be kind, continue to be kind. You have learnt to be diligent, go on and continue to be diligent. For the times will come, when you will be tested.
Your character will be tested. Reputation is what others think of you… Character is what you really are.
Your reputation may fall because of the lies of others. Joseph’s reputation was brought down by the lies of Potiphar’s wife, but his character remained strong. Even when others may malign you, your character must remain firm like the roots of a huge tree, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord.
Your relationships will be key. Be careful, who you spend a lot of time with.
Your life has been protected so far and for good reason.
You are embarking on a new journey and your life is about to become very different.
So the Apostle Paul charges you,
Timothy, if he was here, would charge you, And tonight I charge you:
And tonight I charge you:
Continue in the things which you have learned,
…that you may know the Holy Scriptures, which you learnt from childhood, from your parents, from your loving relative, to make you wise unto salvation,
That is your charge tonight.
You have done well and we celebrate with your awards and graduation, but may you, ‘Continue in the things which you have learned!’