Vacation Bible School is a great opportunity for fruitful gospel ministry. Thanks to everyone who is preparing for VBS 2018! Please pray for God’s Spirit to move in a mighty way in our hearts and in the hearts of kids and their families.
This year’s Bible verse for Lifeway’s VBS is 2 Peter 1:3: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (CSB)
The Lord provides everything we need for life. He is our Maker and our Sustainer. His power is our source for life, both physical and spiritual. Nothing is missing from what our Lord provides us.
In addition to life, the Lord’s power is our source for godliness. We are created to do more than simply exist. Our lives are meant to have meaning and purpose. Each of us is called to live a godly and devout life, one that reflects all the goodness of our Maker, a life that is blessed by him.
Peter writes that we have this divine power “through the knowledge of him,” of God. This knowledge is more than information, it is relation. Peter is referring to more than simply being acquainted with God. He is addressing those who belong to God.
Vacation Bible School is a great way to help kids know God. God has revealed himself through his written word, the Holy Bible. In VBS we teach kids Scripture so that they will encounter the Living God through his word.
God has also revealed himself in a special way through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. In VBS we make sure kids know about all that Jesus said and did so that they can have saving faith in Christ now.
God also reveals himself through the lives of his people, you and me. Notice that the knowledge Peter writes about is “of him who called us.” God has called us first to enjoy the blessings of his salvation and also to share his great salvation with others.
As we interact with kids during VBS we are living examples of salvation. We model for them what it means to be the people of God. Our attention to them is an expression of God’s love for them. We are called by our Lord to be his hands and feet, to be his face and voice, and to help kids know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Vacation Bible School is a high calling! God has been pleased to bless VBS in extraordinary ways for many years. Please pray for that blessing to increase.
May God’s Holy Spirit enable us to know God better and to help others know him,
Brother Richard Foster