On fire for Vacation Bible School!

On fire for Vacation Bible School [image: wildfire]

Are you on fire for Vacation Bible School?

Are you on fire for Vacation Bible School?  Do you know that your church’s efforts are truly being blessed by God?  Or do you think of Vacation Bible School with a wavering heart, wondering if you are really doing much good?

We all long to get results.  It is why we try.  We do not want our words to fall on “deaf” ears — and they do not have to.

How would you like your Vacation Bible School to be the seed of a godly enthusiasm that spreads throughout your community and beyond, a spirit of joyous holiness that fills VBS leaders and children, pouring over into the lives of families and friends — and even strangers?

It is possible.

Photo by US Army Africa, Creative Commons "Attribution" licenseIn the Biblical book of the Acts of the Apostles, we are told that 3,000 souls were converted in one day.  How?  It was not about being all “amped up” — it was not a self-driven enthusiasm.  It was not about being perfect Christians.  

As a matter of fact, the Bible tells us of many of the character problems that many of the people had before God filled their lives.  

It was not about being natural leaders, either: for we will soon see that once the the people of God invited His Spirit into their lives, it spread like wildfire among the people.  It was not about finding the latest and greatest ministry tools — well, at least not exactly.

Let us go to Acts now and see what the secret was.

  1. They saw Jesus.
  2. (Acts 1:3)  This is key.  Their eyes were in the right place: focused on the Master.

  3. They believed Jesus.
  4. (Acts 1:5,8)  Jesus gave the disciples a special promise:

    “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost….”

    “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

  5. They obeyed Jesus.
  6. (Acts 1:4,12)  Their belief did not stop in their mind.  It affected their actions.  “Faith without works is dead“, James said.  Well, the disciples’ faith was definitely not dead!

    Jesus told them to wait at Jerusalem for His promise to be fulfilled, so they waited at Jerusalem for His promise to be fulfilled.

  7. They prayed.
  8. (Acts 1:14)  Repeatedly, Jesus has counseled us to “Ask and ye shall receive”.  (see for example: Matthew 21:22; I John 3:22; James 1:5)  So the disciples spent much time in prayer together.

  9. They agreed.
  10. (Acts 1:14; 2:1)  The Bible says that the disciples were “with one accord in one place”.  (Acts 2:1, KJV)

    It is interesting to note that, although even Young’s Literal Translation reads “with one accord at the same place”, many Bible versions leave out the phrase “with one accord” and simply say something to indicate that they were gathered together in one place; but there is so much more to it.  

    They were not just physically together, they were spiritually on the same page, so to speak.  They were united in one purpose, with singleness of heart (Acts 2:46), and an eye for God’s glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom.

  11. They were filled.
  12. (Acts 2:4)  This point is last, but not least.  God kept His promise.  Jesus sent the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost filled the disciples.  This was the true secret of their power: it was God’s power.  This is why they were on fire!

    As a result, we come to that great point in history: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”  (Acts 2:41)

The Lord never intended the work to stop at Pentecost 2,000 years ago.  Acts 2:47 says, “and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”  His promise is for us, too.

Let’s follow in the steps of the disciples: look to Jesus, believe His promises, and obey His commands.  As we spend more time in prayer and in His Word, claiming His promises, we will become one with Him — and one with one another.  His Spirit is available to us today, just as surely as it was at Pentecost.

I believe Christ’s second coming is going to be an even more glorious event than His first — do you?

So, let’s be on fire!  Let’s start now, day by day and moment by moment inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives.  Do what He is asking you to do today.  Then by the time Vacation Bible School gets here again, the Lord’s Spirit will be an unstoppable power among His people, ready to spread like wildfire!

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YOUR TURN:
What is God calling you to do today? Should God’s Spirit be something we only ask for during special programs, like Vacation Bible School?  How can we include Him daily in our lives? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 🙂



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image: “DSC_7138” by Cameron Strandberg, Fitzhugh Newspaper, Jasper, Alberta 2009 (CC BY 2.0) – flickr.com


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On fire for Vacation Bible School! — 3 Comments

  1. I am so on fire for VBS…..this will be my first ever and I am so excited…… I am just trusting in God for all things to be exactly where He wants them…..I believe the children will come, please pray for us as we are all so on fire. We are a small growing church with only a couple of children now and then but we are trusting the Lord with with the blessing of the children to come through this VBS series…I am hoping to do the creation story, with a nature study and include some of the health message through the snacks we serve……I kid you not, I am so excited that if it weren’t for gravity, I would be floating…..lol………..Thank you for your web site, I am praying the tools you have here will be able to assist me in this venture. I also pray by my responding you will get blessings from that and others sharing ideas with each other as well. I am so excited and can’t wait to see how all this plays out and where it goes. The one thing I do know is it will serve the Lord with glory and that for me is the ultimate thing I can do for Him with great joy and gladness. Thank you again Sheila for your web site and the joys we will have getting information to help us out…..God Bless you and your family as you all continue to serve the Lord. Ramona Higgins

    • To say that I am blessed by your comment would likely have to be considered an understatement! 😉 I very much appreciate it, Ramona.

      I love your enthusiasm. Coupled with the blessing and direction of God’s Spirit, no doubt your VBS will be a great success. I am eager to hear the “end” of your story (although in all likelihood, the end will probably be a beginning of its own!). I will be praying for you and your VBS, too.

      Keep in touch! God bless you.

      ~ Sheila 🙂

  2. Good pm Ma’am Shiela thank you the information about VBS very interesting in every topic to publish. Actually I’m searching in the internet VBS printable material for the activities next month
    April 7-9,2016. Because the situation in our church now are not capable to buying new material, so I’ll try to search.

    God Bless,
    Mhar

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