Why Have Vacation Bible School

July 8th, 2012 by church

Why have Vacation Bible School
Mark 10:13-16
13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
English Standard Version (ESV)
Why do children’s ministry? Why have SS for children? Why have VBS?
Is it because we don’t have enough to do?
Is it because we want to provide free childcare for kids?
No we do what we do with children because of what Jesus said.
Jesus said permit the children to come to me.
These words of Jesus are so important that they are recorded three times in the gospels.
Matthew 19:14
Mark 10:14
Luke 18:16
They provide us with the Biblical Basis for everything we do in children’s ministry –
Sunday School, Wed. Night, and VBS.

Consider the context
One day Parents were bringing their kids to Jesus so that they might meet him and that he might bless them.
It happened while Jesus and the disciples are on the final journey up to Jerusalem. Large crowds are following Him. People are clamoring for his attention.
The disciples thought Jesus was too busy to be messing around with some snotty nosed kids. They started to run them off.
They were wrong. Jesus rebuked them. He was really ticked off at his disciples for their attitude.
That when he made the famous statement –
“Permit the children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
The Bible says that Jesus took those little children up in his arms and blessed them. He must have jostled their hair. He probably laughed with them.
Do you want to know who probably got the most joy out that whole episode with the kids?
I’m sure that it was Jesus.
Think about it!
I wonder how those parents must have felt.
I wonder how those children must have felt.
That Jesus wanted to spend time with them.
I wonder how many of those parents and children became believers in Jesus.
I wonder how many of those children when they grew up remembered that special time when they met Jesus.
I wonder how many of them shared the story with their children and grandchildren.

JC Carlile wrote
“Is it not permissible to think of the days when Jesus was at the carpenter’s bench in Joseph’s shop and to imagine that the children came to Him with their broken toys to the mended? Did the boy with the tearful eyes bring the broken boat that would no longer sail upon the lake? Did the girl; bring the camel without a head? What did the Master do with them? It is inconceivable that He sent them away with the sorrow broken toys in their hearts. It became Him, as the children’s Savior, to add to their pleasures just as surely as He set out to prevent their sorrows.”

I would add, what about the child who comes to him today with a broken heart not over a broken toy but over a broken home.
Surely Jesus loves and cares just as much for that child today as He did for the children long ago.
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8.

Why do we do Vacation Bible School?

• Jesus welcomed the children and he still does.
• Jesus loved the children and he still does.
• Jesus died for children on the cross.
• Jesus desires for children to know about Him.
• Jesus desires for children to believe in Him and receive Him as their Lord and Savior.
• Jesus desires for children who know Him to grow in their relationship with Him.

When Americans become Christian
Evangelism statistics: At what age is outreach most effective? How old are people when they get saved?

Ages at which Americans say they accepted Christ and became a Christian

The data in the pie graph or chart comes from Nazarene Church Growth Research.
Another survey — by the International Bible Society — indicated that 83% of all Christians make their commitment to Jesus between the ages of 4 and 14, that is, when they are children or early youth. The Barna Research Group surveys demonstrate that American children ages 5 to 13 have a 32% probability of accepting Christ, but youth or teens aged 14 to 18 have only a 4% probability of doing so. Adults age 19 and over have just a 6% probability of becoming Christians.
This data illustrates the importance of influencing children to consider making a decision to follow Christ.
Because the 4-14 period slice of the pie is so large, many have started referring to the “4-14 Window.” Many people serving as career cross-cultural missionaries have testified that they first felt God calling them to missionary service during that 4-14 age period.
Why we do Vacation Bible School?
Because children need to know Jesus and the likelihood of them never knowing Him is much greater once they become older teenagers and adults. Children are more likely to become Christians than adults. They are more open to the gospel.
That’s why the Gospel is so simple.
The Gospel is still the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, including children.

That’s why we do Vacation Bible School. When we do VBS we are embracing the attitude that Jesus has for children.

Most of you know that I have a heart for kids. For 16 years I directed the Children’s camp for our association. Before that I was a children’s camp counselor, youth camp counselor.
I directed the children’s camp in our Association in Southern Oregon for 3 years before that.
The first person I ever baptized was a child – Shawna Meador.
Quite frankly that’s why I am on the school board here in the Kalama School District.
I know many of you also have a heart for kids.
But do you know who really has a heart for kids – Jesus.
During VBS we need to let that love and compassion that Jesus has for children flow through us and touch their lives.

What can you do?
Having an effective VBS is a total church project.
You can serve. I thank God for everyone who is serving in VBS this year.
You can invite kids to come.
You can pray.

Earlier we sang the little song – Jesus loves the little children. Let me tell you a little about the history of that song.
Composer Clare Herbert Woolston Writes Jesus Loves the Little Children
Clare Herbert Woolston (1856-1927) was a preacher in Chicago Illinois. He wrote the words for Jesus Loves the Little Children. The music was written by George F. Root (1820-1895), who wrote the words and music for several well known hymns, including Behold the Bridegroom Cometh!. Root originally wrote the tune for Jesus Loves the Little Children to accompany an American Civil War song called Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Jesus Loves the Little Children fast became a favorite, especially among children.

Jesus Loves the Little Children
Refrain:
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Alternate Refrain:
Jesus died for all the children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus died for all the children of the world.

Jesus calls the children dear,
Come to me and never fear,
For I love the little children of the world;
I will take you by the hand,
Lead you to the better land,
For I love the little children of the world.

Jesus is the Shepherd true,
And He’ll always stand by you,
For He loves the little children of the world;
He’s a Savior great and strong,
And He’ll shield you from the wrong,
For He loves the little children of the world.

I am coming, Lord, to Thee,
And Your soldier I will be,
For You love the little children of the world;
And Your cross I’ll always bear,
And for You I’ll do and dare,
For You love the little children of the world.

Why do we do Vacation Bible School?
Any more questions?

This morning as we close the message I want us to take time to pray for our VBS.
Let us pray for our workers.
Let us pray for the children who will come.
Let us pray for the families of these children.
Let pray that we will see many come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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