It was the school’s ninth annual Spiritual Emphasis Day; this year’s theme for the day was “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus” which is taken from Hebrews 12:1–2.
The keynote speaker for the day was Lonnie Jones, who is a licensed professional counselor and accomplished speaker. He has a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Harding University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He has had more than 30 years of experience in youth and family ministry.
“We have been blessed to be able to have such talented speakers present the word of God to our students and faculty each year on Spiritual Emphasis Day. Lonnie’s knowledge and talent for communicating the Bible had a great impact on everyone,” said RCA’s Head of School, James Bryant.
The entire student body spent the first and last hour of the day singing praises in the school’s gymnasium. The upper school boys and girls split up for part of the afternoon to hear messages from God’s word that were targeted for their specific age/gender groups.
Jennifer Pagel, a youth minister at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, spoke to the middle and high school girls, while Lonnie Jones spoke to the middle and high school boys. The students also spent time during the day praying individually or in small groups, participating in a service project where they made cards and wrote letters to local first responders, and enjoying a free cookout lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs.
“Our students and faculty agree the Spiritual Emphasis Day is one of the highlights of the school year. We are blessed to be able to take a day each semester to set aside everything from tests, quizzes and athletics to focus on God, which in the end will be the one thing that matters,” said Bryant.