Throw on your camera strap and buckle your seatbelt. VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get “In the Wild” at this summer’s Vacation Bible School. VBS is for kids K4-5th grade.
In this encounter, Jesus is a child not much older than the ones we’ll teach in VBS. This is the story of 12-year-old Jesus staying behind at the temple after his family had left to return home. His parents found Him three days later sitting with the teachers and asking such insightful questions that it amazed these teachers who had been studying the Scriptures all of their lives. Jesus asked His mother, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s house?” Even at this young age, Jesus knew He was God’s Son.
In this snapshot, Jesus is a grown man and ready to launch His earthly ministry. Jesus went down to the river to be baptized by John the Baptist. When John saw Jesus coming, he announced to the people, “This is the One I told you about! Jesus is the One who takes away the sin of the world!”
As Jesus came up out of the water after being baptized, the heavens opened up and the Holy Spirit came down from heaven like a dove. God’s voice said, “This is My Son whom I love Him, and I am very pleased with Him.” What an amazing thing to hear God’s own voice declaring that Jesus is His Son!
This is the story of Jesus walking on top of the water toward the disciples’ boat. As soon as He climbed inside, the wind stopped and the waves were calm. The disciples witnessed that not only could Jesus walk on water, but He also could control the wind and the waves. They immediately fell to their knees and worshiped Jesus and said, “Truly, You are the Son of God!” Now that’s an incredible encounter!
One of the most radical encounters in history took place at Jesus’ tomb. Three days after Jesus been crucified and buried, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found the stone rolled away. She ran to find Peter and John, who examined the tomb and found it empty. As Mary stood alone crying, someone called her name. It was Jesus! Now this was the ultimate amazing encounter! Mary ran back to tell the disciples, “I have seen Jesus! He is alive!”
Two men were walking along the road to Emmaus when Jesus joined them, but they didn’t know it was Jesus. As they walked, they told Him about the things that had happened in Jerusalem over the past few days. And then Jesus began to explain to them that everything that had happened was exactly what the prophets had said would happen to the Messiah. Jesus went all the way back to the writings of Moses and began to explain how the Scriptures prove that Jesus is who He said He is.
Once the men finally realized that it was Jesus who had walked with them and been their dinner guest, they ran back to Jerusalem to find the other disciples and to tell them that they had seen Jesus alive with their own eyes.
Online registration is currently closed. To sign up for VBS please come to the welcome center Monday, June 3.