As the 2014-2015 school year fast approaches, it is my privilege to announce the school theme and verse for the year. During the past two years, Ben Lippen students have been encouraged to "stand" and "shine" for the Lord. The theme for this year is SERVE! The accompanying verse is Mark 10:45, which says “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
In the New International Version of the Bible, the words serve, service, or servant are used well over 1,100 times. As this concept of service is prevalent in the Scriptures, so this lifestyle of service is to be prevalent in us, following the example of Jesus Christ. As the Messiah, Jesus had every right to be king and to be served. But instead he came "to serve, and to give his life." At the root of service is the willingness to give up what we may want to do or to be and to become God's hands reaching out to help others.