Back to basics with the kids

It was VBS Sunday today! Thirty kids hopped around to crazy songs onstage while their parents smiled and a few brave adults did the motions. But the teaching challenged me. Our children’s pastor has a way of making things simple, which is why she connects so well with kids. She breaks down big ideas into easy thoughts. Today she reviewed the lessons from each day of Deep Sea Discovery VBS.

Day 1: Noah. God sees us.

Day 2: Jonah. God hears us, no matter where we are in the world (or underwater!).

Day 3: Peter walking on water. God strengthens us.

Day 4: The big catch of 153 fish and breakfast with Jesus. God calls us.

Day 5: Paul and his missionary journeys. God sends us.

They are all so simple, bite-sized thoughts. The kids touched spaghetti dyed green to imagine the inside of a fish, and pulled at a sheet holding hundreds of water bottles to grasp how big the catch of fish. But each day, they heard bite-sized thoughts. And they do not have caveats and exceptions built into their thinking. Kids have simple faith, to grasp that God hears them, loves them, and will be with them wherever they go.

One craft involved doing watercolor painting over a paper with a verse written in white crayon. A little boy asked, wide-eyed, “Did God put that verse there for me?”

God did give His words for us in the Bible. And that is amazing! Do we pay attention to them? The gospel is quite simple, as Paul wrote in Romans 10:

9 …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11 of his fear for the believers in Corinth,

For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!”

How easily do I put up with new ideas about the Bible? That’s a challenging thought. What needs to be solidified in my theology or weeded out of my thinking? How do I confuse the gospel?

God, thank You for VBS and the simple faith of kids. They expect to see You work, and they are amazed when You answer their prayers. Please help me to get back to a level of trust like that, even though my faith is at a different place than when I was ten years old. To You be the glory, God, in how I live. Amen.




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