September 29

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47

This passage is one of my favorites, and I believe it truly reflects the body of Christ within our school. Our family has been at Hill Country Christian School for ten years. A lot can happen in ten years, including hills and valleys that I frankly can’t imagine conquering without the amazing community around us. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, so I was not familiar with the kind of devotion that Luke referred to in this passage. However, the community of faith I’ve been humbled to be part of at Hill Country does show this type of devotion. Our faculty, staff and parent body have continually reflected an unending devotion to the Gospel of Christ, a relentless devotion to helping us raise our kids into disciples, and a thirst for daily devotion to God’s Word and to each other. What a blessing to be part of this!

I’ve seen our community rally together in prayer, come alongside families in need, build each other up as iron sharpens iron, and move in mighty ways with the power of the Holy Spirit. We likely won’t see the multiplication and all the saved lives that this community has impacted this side of heaven, but it sure is fun and a true privilege to get to walk alongside the amazing people in our school body who genuinely lead like Jesus. We have a house of teenagers now, a whole new ballgame from a couple of years ago. It’s such a change to watch your young kids become young adults. I’m grateful for the faculty and staff who have earnestly poured into our kids to help build them into the adults that God has planned for them to be. It’s evident that they’ve taught our kids with the Ephesians 4:12-13 mindset: “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” I pray that as each of our kids goes out into the world, they will live out this mission!

During the months to come, we are embarking on a new journey as a school. As we share life together as a body of Christ, we impact the world around us. As we move forward in faith, let’s pray for continued unity of one heart and one mind and celebrate with one another what Christ has done for us!

Further reflection can be found in the Hill Country Christian School Core Values below.

Hill Country Christian School is a Christ-centered community that is:

Rooted in Scripture. We believe that a Christ-centered education acknowledges the truth and authority of Scripture, and we strive to ensure that all subjects are taught from a biblical worldview and a gospel-centered perspective. (Psalm 1:1-2, John 1:1, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Dependent upon prayer. We believe in the power and efficacy of prayer, and we emphasize the importance of seeking God’s wisdom and direction rather than relying on our own understanding and provision. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6)

Empowered by the Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit changes lives and produces fruit in the lives of those empowered by Him. (Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 1:8)

Focused on others. We believe in providing opportunities for students to serve one another, their community, and their world, and we strive to cultivate a sense of servant-leadership among our students. (Philippians 2:3-5, Matthew 20:26-28)

Living in community. We believe that God designed us to live in community and to depend on one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Reproducing disciples. We believe that the ultimate aim of a Christian education is to reproduce disciples—men and women who become Christ-followers and who are able to transform the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Cori Cline
Board of Trustees; Parent, Classes of 2021, 2023, and 2024

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