Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School day 5-June 12, 2020

WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME

God as Sustainer (Holy Spirit)

Lesson #5 The Holy Spirit Lives in Us

As believers, we are part of the Body of Christ. We are baptized by One Spirit into one body, and the Holy Spirit lives in us. This means that each of our bodies is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We were created, washed, sanctified, and justified by God our Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son, and by the breath of God, the Holy Spirit. We have not only been chosen to be friends, we have  become part of the family of God. So, now, how should we live?

Bible Truths

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body —whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Romans 8:11 …through his Spirit, who lives in you.

1 Corinthians 6:17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:11 But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Ask Me No Questions/ I’ll Tell You No Lies:

  1. OK… I’m saved! Great. Now what? How am I to behave?
  • Since God has already saved me, does that mean that I can do anything I want?
  • Does God have any guidelines for me on how I should act from here on out?

Snack Option

7 Layer Dip in honor of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit – Beans, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cheese, Green Onions & Olives layer and refrigerate for 1 hour, enjoy with any cracker or vegetable.

Enjoy the amazing variety of things God has made!

We’ve Got Questions/ God’s Got Answers:

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

1 Corinthians 6:13-15 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!

Galatians 5:13-14 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

(See also: Ephesians: Ch. 4 & 5, and Romans 6:12-14)

Art Option

Hand print dove – cut your hand print out of white paper. Paste that onto a     colored piece of paper. Add a black dot and for an eye in the thumb area of your hand, and you have the dove of peace.

Have fun! Be creative!

Parting Shot:

As believers, we may be allowed everything, but NOT everything is beneficial for us. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us, and we are members of the Body of Christ. We are not to grieve that we have the Holy Spirit; instead we are to live lives worthy of the calling we’ve received. As for guidelines, there are lots! They are all summed up in this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Let’s start there and let the Holy Spirit lead us. The Holy Spirit is the one, with whom we were sealed for the day of redemption.

Lesson #5 The Holy Spirit Lives in Us

Thinking Page

  1. OK… I’m saved! Great. Now what? How am I to behave?
  • Since God has already saved me, does that mean that I can do anything I want?
  • Does God have any guidelines for me on how I should act from here on out?

Vacation Bible School day 4-June 11, 2020

WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME

God as Returning Savior

Lesson # 4 Jesus is Coming Back

When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, at first He was seen by just a few people, but later He was seen by many people. After He had been seen for 40 days, He ascended into heaven. Two angels asked the disciples why they were standing there looking up into the sky. The angels said that Jesus would return just as they had seen Him be taken up. Jesus Himself said that He would return.  Jesus wondered if when He returned He would find any with faith. It’s a good question.

Bible Truths:

[For completeness, read all of Acts 1:1-11]

Acts 1:1-2 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

Acts 1:9-11 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Luke 18:8 And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Ask Me No Questions! I’ll Tell You No Lies:

  1. Coming back? What do you mean coming back? When? Where? Why?
  • If Jesus really is coming back, should I be worried about it?
  • I don’t want to miss this, should I go sit on top of a mountain and watch for Him?

Snack Option

God’s amazing act at Jesus’ resurrection is something to keep in mind while contemplating Jesus’ return. Today’s snack is the empty tomb. You will need a doughnut and a flat cookie. Cut the doughnut in half, and lay it on the plate like an upside down “u”. Put the cookie beside the hole, you have an empty grave!

Enjoy the amazing variety of things God has made!

We’ve Got Questions/ God’s Got Answers:

Jesus is coming back. We have been promised that Jesus will come back, but will we be ready for Jesus when he comes?

Luke 12:35-40 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. But

understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

When is Jesus going to return?

Matthew 24:36″No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Art Option

Imagine that Jesus has come back, what does he look like. Draw a picture of 21st century Jesus, a man who would attract all people to the truth.

Have fun! Be creative!

Parting Shot:

Jesus came at just the right time to fulfill the plan of redemption for men. He paid for all sin for all time. As we trust in Him, all that He did for us counts for us unto righteousness. We each have this option, to trust in Him or not to trust in Him. One day when the time is right, He will come back, just as He was taken up into heaven. We are to watch for His return and to be ready spiritually. What will Jesus find in our lives when He returns?

Lesson #4 Jesus is Coming Back

Thinking Page

1.) Why do you think Jesus is coming back?

2.) If Jesus really is coming back, should we be worried about it?

3.) How can we prepare so we are ready when Jesus comes back?

Vacation Bible School day 3-June 10, 2020

WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME

God as Son

Lesson #3 Jesus is God (God come to earth)

The time was right. The need was evident. The decision was God’s. The Word of God “became flesh and made his dwelling among us”. Jesus, the Son of God, came to Earth to be with men, to bring God’s message, to teach us, and to be God’s sacrifice for us and our sins. God the Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth.

Bible Truths:

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
John 1:16-18 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

Colossians 1:19-20 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Ask Me No Questions/I’ll Tell You No Lies:

1.) Why did God have come to Earth Himself?

2.) How can I know that Jesus was God on Earth?

3.) Why does it matter that Jesus was God on Earth?

Snack Option

Pretzel Crosses – straight pretzels laid out in shape of Cross. Enjoy the amazing variety of things God has made!

We’ve Got Questions! God’s Got Answers:

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

John 14:9-11 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”

John 10:10-11 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” [For context: Read John 10: 7-19]

Art Option

Jesus Loves Me T-Shirt

        Needs: White t-shirt, sharpie pens, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar.

        Write Jesus loves me or Jesus loves in many colors on 1 side of white t-shirt, making sure that it does not flow through to the back side (with a piece of cardboard)

        Using spray bottle, wet the color with alcohol. This will make it run. when it has spread to your liking, stop.

        Let it dry in the sun.

        Cure it with a vinegar soak.

Have fun! Be creative!

Parting Shot:

Jesus was God come to Earth. He said that He and the Father are one and that all that have seen Him have seen the Father. He came to seek and save that which was lost. And He came so that we might have life and have it to the full. And finally He came to do His Father’s work, and to deliver His Father’s message, and to lay down His life for us. Praise be to God for all He has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ!

Lesson #3 Jesus is God (God come to earth)

1.) Why did God have come to Earth Himself?

2.) How can I know that Jesus was God on Earth?

3) Why does it matter that Jesus was God on Earth?

Vacation Bible School day 2June 9, 2020

What God Has for Me

God as Savior

Lesson #2 Plans for Salvation before the Beginning of the World

God knows all and sees all. He knew from the beginning that man would choose to sin and therefore fall away. So, God planned from before the world began to provide for our salvation though His Son, Jesus Christ. God taught His people to sacrifice a lamb without blemish as a guilt or sin offering. Jesus came to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He died once for all time. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God.

Bible Truths:

Genesis 22:7-8 Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Revelation 13:8 All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it (the beast), everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slaughtered.

Ask Me No Questions/ I’ll Tell You No Lies:

1.) How could God know what was going to happen in the Future?

2.) If God knew humanity was going to “fall away” from God in sin, why did God make people anyway?

3.) Why did Jesus only have to die once, and did it really help me?

Snack Option

God’s salvation makes us free! So today, our snack will be free also (almost calorie free) Take celery from your fridge, and slather as much peanut butter as it can hold. (If you are a non-peanut household, use cream cheese or cheeze whiz.) Add raisins for ants on a log, or fruit and/or pretzels for colorful woodlands.

Enjoy the amazing variety of things God has made!

We’ve Got Questions/ God’s Got Answers:

1.) Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” God knows everything in the past, present and future, already. We can trust what He tells us.

2.) John 1:1-3 says this about Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.”

3.) Although it is a mystery to us WHY God would make us when He knew that we would fall away, we know that He did so willingly (Genesis 1) and that He provided for our forgiveness BEFORE He created us.

1 Peter 1:18-19 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.

1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,” The Lamb of God only had to die once!\

Art Option

Take time today to allow your mind to wander. Feel blessed and forgiven. Draw a picture, write a poem, sing a song showing how that feels. Then keep it knowing God has blessed you, as you are thanking God through your art.

Have fun! Be creative!

Parting Shot:

God knew we would mess up. He provided for our salvation before the beginning of the world out of His mercy and goodness. Because of what Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, has done, we can be saved from our sins!

Lesson #2 Plans for Salvation before the Beginning of the World

Thinking Page

1.) How could God know what was going to happen in the Future?

2.) If God knew humanity was going to “fall away” from God in sin, why did God make people anyway?

3.) Why did Jesus only have to die once, and did it really help me?

Vacation Bible School day 1June 8, 2020

What God Has for Me

God as Creator

Lesson #1 God Created Everything (Seen and Unseen)

God exists. His name is “I AM.”

God created everything there is whether it is seen or unseen. That includes everything and everyone. God created everything that you can touch, everything that you can see, and even everything that no one can see. Everything, that was created, was created by God.

Bible Truths:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’“

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

Ask Me No Questions/ I’ll Tell You No Lies

  1. Why am I here and why does it matter?
  2. If God really is there, why did He make all this stuff anyway?
  3. If God did make everything (including me), why should I care?

Snack Option

In God’s creation, there are many colorful food items. Together with all participants in your home, choose between a vegetable or fruit salad, then try to include as many colors as possible.

Enjoy the amazing variety of things God has made!

We’ve Got Questions/ God’s Got Answers

1.) If you’ve ever wondered why you were born, you are in good company. Job suffered so much, that in Job 3:1 he curses the day he was born! In Job 3:23 he asks “Why is life given to a man…?” Job was so miserable in his pain and frustration that he couldn’t understand why a man was even born!

2.) God responds to Job in Job 38:2. God asks Job ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ and then He goes on to list many of the things He has created. In Job 42:3-6 Job responds: ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job is overwhelmed when God reveals Himself. In the end he realizes that God created all things because it pleased Him to do so. And Genesis 1:26- 31 tells us that when everything was created, God called it all “good”.

3.) Jeremiah 29:11-13 tells us that God cares for us and has a plan for us.

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,”

Art Option

Make a collage or drawing of all the things that God has made that remind you of God’s presence. Use pictures from magazines, newspaper or if you are online, free noncopyrighted pictures.

Have fun! Be creative!

Parting Shot:

Since God made everything originally so that it was good, He is the only One who can tell us how to live those lives effectively, happily and in fullness. Later, He came Himself to teach us in the person of Jesus Christ. We can listen to all that Jesus has to tell us. The Bible contains the truths we need. For these reasons we need to listen to God, think about His words, and be ready to apply them to our lives.

Lesson #1 God Created Everything (Seen and Unseen)

Thinking Page

  1. Why am I here and why does it matter?
  2. If God really is there, why did He make all this stuff anyway?
  3. If God did make everything why should I care?