This last summer our campus went through quite a few changes. One of the things that needed to be done was to take out a few trees. The trees that were taken out were quite old, turning it into a big job. Many hands were needed as the trees were sawn down, chopped up, and dug out. Taking them down wasn’t too difficult. Picking up the pieces went by quickly, but digging up the roots was a different matter.
While it only took a few people to chop down and pick up the trees, it took a few guys, tractors, and large metal chains to pull up the trees’ root systems. Large holes were dug in order to get as much of the tree out of the ground as possible. And yet, there were still pieces of the trees’ roots that were in the ground.
One of the most essential things that missionaries need is not practical skills or language techniques (although these are also important), but a solid and firm foundation in the Word of God. While everyone who attends Emanate has also gone through some form of Bible school, we want to continue to emphasize the importance of God’s Word by having it as part of class every day.
This is why we’ve come up with our Roots program. Roots is the first class hour of every day and it is devoted to the teaching of God’s Word. In it, our students go through the Bible from Creation to Christ and then church principles (going through the New Testament). Each one gets a taste of what it is like to teach Chronologically through the Bible and an opportunity to teach as well.
While Roots is not as in-depth or intense as one’s time in Bible school, it helps our students appreciate the “big picture” themes of the Bible. It is also there as a reminder that as believers we still need to depend on the Word of God as our foundation for life.
Colossians 2:7 says, “Let your roots grow down into Him (Christ) and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
This is what we want for our students. We want the roots of their lives to be grown deeply into Christ and His Word. We want their lives to be like those of the trees on campus; so deeply intertwined with Christ that it is hard to uproot them. That is why we allotted a specific time in the class schedule to dig into the Word of God and be encouraged by His truth.