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All Things. Hold Together. Todas Las Cosas. Unidas.

All Things. Hold Together.  
Todas las cosas. Unidas.

“He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together.”
—Colossians 1:17 (NIV)
Él ya existía antes de todas las cosas y mantiene unida toda la creación.
—Colosenses 1:17


We are pleased to present to you the Grand Rapids Christian Schools theme and theme verse for the 2020-2021 school year: All Things. Hold Together. // The theme and verse are based on Colossians 1:17 — “[Christ] is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together.” 

This is the first time that all five Grand Rapids Christian Schools campuses will share a united theme and theme verse. While each campus will find appropriate ways to integrate this theme into their own context, we believe that having a common vision and understanding of the theme can help create a unified message.

While the theme arises from Colossians 1:17, the message is larger than this one verse; it is woven through the entire fabric of Scripture

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth — all things! — and saw “all that He made, and declared it “very good” (Gen. 1:31). With God at the center, all things flourished.

And God commissioned humanity — His image-bearers  — to be His wise partners to cultivate and care for all things.

But tragically human sin tore at the fabric of this creation so that every aspect of creation bears the effect of sin. Humanity was alienated from God; human relationships were broken; and creation was groaning under the weight of sin.

But the good news, of course, is that God so loved the world — all things! — that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ “to reconcile all things — things in heaven and on earth — to Himself.”

And now equipped by the Holy Spirit, we are called to establish signposts pointing to God’s reconciliation that he has and is doing through Christ.

And while we work, we anticipate the day when Christ returns to finally and fully establish His Kingdom when all nations, tribes, and languages will be gathered in unity (Rev. 7:9) as Christ announces: “See, I am making all things new.”

The poet William Butler Yeats wrote: “The center cannot hold. Things fall apart.” When we look at our world right now, it can feel like things are falling apart. But as a school, we boldly believe and proclaim that with Christ at the center, God holds all things together. 

With this as our confidence, we equip our students to study and explore every square inch of God’s world. With this as our confidence, we can seek the truth and engage hard conversations. With this as our confidence, we boldly find ways to demonstrate our unity in Christ. With this as our confidence, we pursue our mission: to equip students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. 


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