by John Klumpp
Most video games have a specific outcome. A goal to reach. A prize to win. A final boss to conquer.
Likewise, most video games start out simple and small, with easy objectives to help a player build a skill set and to become familiar with the world. Both become really useful as the game progresses, getting more and more difficult and complex, with each new skill and objective building on the last.
We believe that the Christian walk is much the same. As new Christians, we need to understand who God is, that He created us to be in relationship with Him, how our sin broke that relationship with God, and how Christ alone redeems that relationship.
The goal of Next Level VBS was to help kids along that progression, taken from the words of Paul in Colossians 2:6-7 (our key verse for the week).
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
We followed the progress of a man named Saul, who set an example as someone who knew who God was, but needed Jesus to be saved. He realized he was a sinner and needed Christ to forgive him.
Paul had to develop good habits in his life, such as praying and reading God’s word. He demonstrated that these practices helped him stay connected to Jesus.
We then learned about the trials that will happen in life. Just because Paul was a follower of Jesus did not mean that life was going to be smooth sailing. In fact, Paul encountered many shipwrecks along his journey. We learned by Paul’s example that in spite of struggles in life, God is still there and He will strengthen us.
On the final night, we saw how Paul responded to these trials: with worship and singing! This is a really hard level to get to, but because Paul’s faith grew, he was able to have joy and continue to trust God, even while imprisoned and under threat of death!
We are so grateful to God for our volunteers. There were so many people involved and so many different pieces that go into Vacation Bible School at Wellspring, and we are thankful for everyone who prayed, who worked prior to the week, who donned a blue shirt and shared the love of Jesus with all of our young visitors.
Let’s take our prayers to the next level. Please continue to pray for the children who came, that they would take the knowledge they were given and truly want to grow in Christ. Please pray that the seeds of the gospel would flourish in their hearts.
God already answered many prayers for VBS. We asked that many kids would come. We prayed that the gospel would be clear to all who came. We prayed for our volunteers. We prayed for safety and protection. We prayed for an enjoyable and also purposeful time each night. We prayed and asked God for simple things like working technology and good weather, and God provided all these things. Let’s remember to thank Him as we pray.
Here are a few pictures from the week, courtesy of Damion Van Slyke.