In between the pictures of the fun I thought maybe I should/could sneak in a post about some of the core teachings of VBS on two levels. First the simple catch phrase or core concept taught the kids. Then an expansion on that for those older. The Christian life grows into maturity from the simple truths to recognizing those simple truths in deeper ways.
Deeper Spiritual Thought
The Love of God
God’s Love Helps Us Stand Strong
The biblical person talked about is King David. King David was no saint, if you get what I mean. Adultery and Murder are up high on his list of sins. Yet David is one of the two people to receive the a grace covenant from God. (Abraham being the other. Moses received the law which is quid pro quo and not grace.) If God can love David, he can love us.
Faith a Shared Journey
Family & Friends Help Us Stand Strong
The simple thought is family & friends. The deeper thought questions who is our family? Jesus asked just that question in Matthew 12:48. The answer was these – the apostles – and those who do the will of the Father. This is the first step into a deeper understanding of church.
Prayer Helps Us Stand Strong A God who loves us and has made us his family invtes us to approach his as we might loving parents. Now since God is Spirit that entails two things. We ask not in the flesh but in the spirit through prayer. The second item is that it is not just us, but God’s Spirit residing in us. Nehemiah was the bible lesson. All the folks could physically see were destroyed walls. With the eyes of the Spirit, helped through prayer to understand what he was seeing, Nehemiah could see restored walls. Prayer helps us with spiritual eyes to see the deeper reality.
Trusting God helps us Stand Strong
The core day of VBS is almost always Day4. This is because attendance drops on Friday, so the key message moves to Day 4. And that message is the resurrection of Jesus. The Christian hope is not in some flimsy and ill-defined “love” but is in the explicit and concrete resurrection. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and open the gates of heaven for all believers. When we trust in God to do for us what he did for Christ – which he’s promised as to Abraham and David – we are standing on the rock which is Jesus Christ.
Bible/Word of God
The Bible Helps Us Stand Strong
If you think about it there could be a church without the Bible. Jesus never wrote anything. He just preached. The core of the apostle’s preaching was one thing – the resurrection. We could still have faith in Jesus without any written record. That is something called the oral or proclaimed word. But God, knowing that we are sinners and prone to stray, has given us the grace of a written word – the Bible. When we pray (day 3) or gather in community (Day 2) or even make claims about what God loves (day 1) how are we to sort claims in a fallen world? God has given us his Word – the Bible. Christians stand on that Word. It norms our life. We become conformed to Christ through the work of the Spirit using the Word.