Why Do We Have Vacation Bible School?
1 John 5:11-12
August 3, 2008


Part of my time growing up was spent in Pine Ridge, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

And our church didnít have Vacation Bible School, so we went to VBS at a little church just across the border in White Clay, NE.

I donít remember the name of the church, or what denomination it was. Doesnít matter, I remember having a good time singing songs, making crafts, playing softball, and eating lunch out of a real big lunchbox with a thermos in it.

I remember VBS as being a great deal of fun when I was a kid growing up on the reservation.

Our Vacation Bible School here a fun time. At least I think our folks here had a fun time with it, and I think the kids had a fun time as well.

But itís also a lot of work. I canít begin to count the hours that Jolene and all her volunteers put into this deal so that your kids and our kids could learn about Jesus in a fun atmosphere.

Why do people work all day and then come to volunteer in the evening for this week? Itís not like they donít have other things to do.

We donít pay them to do it, so itís not dreams of being able to buy a bass boat from what they get.

Thereís really only one reason we do this:

Because people need Jesus.

Maybe you expected me to say that we have Vacation Bible School because children need Jesus.

And youíre right Ė to an extent.

Obviously, Vacation Bible School is geared to kids.

But children arenít the only people weíre hoping to reach with the news that Jesus died for their sins and makes heaven available.

We want to reach families. We want to reach moms and dad, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas.

We want to reach friends and neighbors of these children.

Vacation Bible School is just one of the ways we try to make that happen.

Weíve printed a Bible passage in your note-taking guide that really sits at the heart of what weíre trying to accomplish through VBS and what weíre trying to accomplish through the ministries of Aberdeen Wesleyan Church.

1 John 5:11-12 Ė

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Most of us grew up hearing that Jesus died for our sins, right?

And if youíre like me, you grew up believing that if you did a few things right, youíd go to heaven.

Things like being baptized, confessing your sins, taking communion, going to church, or whatever. I grew up believing that these things would get me to heaven.

But again, if youíre like me, you couldnít really say that Jesus was part of who you were Ė He didnít have much of a presence or an influence in your life.

This passage from the Bible says that if a person ďhasĒ Jesus in his or her life, then they have ďeternal life.Ē

Whatís eternal life? The bottom line is that it means Heaven. Forever.

And how do we get that eternal life? By having
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