It will be here sooner than you think and here are some great tips from a great preacher (Neal Pollard)!
I know we call our V.B.S. “Bible Discovery Days,” but it comes during summer vacation and it emphasizes the Bible. Growing up in the Lord’s church, I remember fondly the days of V.B.S. As a preacher, I have worked with congregations in them for nearly twenty years (I believe this year’s was perhaps the best I have seen). Here is what V.B.S. means to me.
Very Beneficial Service. Whatever you do as a part of Vacation Bible School, it is important. Some soul may be in heaven someday because of some part, large or small, you play during VBS. Teachers and other volunteers benefit from your service (Matt. 20:26-28). The students benefit from the service rendered (2 Tim. 2:2). The Kingdom of God benefits from those who serve through great programs like VBS.
Victory By Study. A relevant, practical, and uplifting theme is always a winner. Who would expect otherwise? As an elder once said, “If the kids from the community want to learn the Bible, they’ll want to be at our VBS.” The same is true of the children of Christians. Every night attended should help every student grow in faith, the key to victory (1 Jn. 5:4).
Vacating Bad Situations. Simply by being present, each student will avoid being at a place doing things they should not do. But, through good Bible teaching, they will learn to better appreciate the difference between right and wrong and good and evil. VBS is a sin-preventative. It is a righteousness-preservative. Sin is trashed. Evil is bashed. Naughtiness is thrashed. VBS is devoted to promoting 1 Corinthians 15:33 and 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
Voicing Biblical Sentiments. Through VBS, the church gets another chance to promote God’s truth. Each lesson will give heavenly guidance on how to grow up living in a way that will lead one to heaven. It will be a lot of fun, and in the process, it will build faith.
Voices Blending Sweetly. The little ones are not little adults. VBS provides children with a focus on their level, in ways and means they understand. “Fun songs” will be “bellowed” out all week long. For some, every song will be new. For others, most songs will be familiar. However, for all, there will be enthusiastic participation. There is something about singing that reaches the hearts of nearly everyone. VBS songs are special and provide a lifetime of memories for the kids.
Vividly Bright Specimens. Each adult who attends, is involved, and is supportive is pledging allegiance to the Lord’s side. Forestalling vacation plans, household chores, and other obligations will be blessed. Those little kids will remember seeing your faces. The Lord also keeps a record, which is perfect. Too, it will make your bright light shine brighter (Matt. 5:14-16).
Please do all you can to make VBS the very best it can be. Involve yourself in eternity. Support VBS!