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The 2017/18 school year is a special one in many ways. We have just passed the height of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. We are in the middle of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Great Reformation, which will comes to a climax on October 31. And we are entering the 40th year of operation of Credo Christian High School.

In this year that we commemorate the Great Reformation, it is good to be reminded again of the centrality of the Word. As such, the words of Proverbs 30:5 have been selected as our theme for the year:

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Many today continue to question God’s Word. There are even those who profess Christ who prefer to rely on their own senses and understanding than on the Bible. But as we confess in the Belgic Confession, “we receive all these books, and these only, as holy and canonical, for the regulation, foundation and confirmation of our faith. We believe without any doubt all things contained in them…”

If we place our trust in God as revealed in his Word, we can rely on him to shield us from the attacks of our enemies: the devil, the world and our own flesh (LD 52 HC). No one, young or old, is immune from the effects of their attacks. But we have God as our shield, if we will take refuge in His protection.  

In the New Testament, Paul refers to a shield as well. In Ephesians 6:16, he tells us to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” But Paul doesn’t stop with defensive weapons; he also urges his readers to take the “helmet of salvation” and the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Our offensive weapons are the Spirit of God and the Word of God.

And so we are back where we started: with the Word. At Credo Christian High School, we aim to equip you as students with the weapons you need to fight the good fight of the faith. And there is no better weapon than the flawless Word of God.

On behalf of the staff

Kent Dykstra, Principal

September 2017