VBS 2013: Facing Fear, Trusting God

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Facing Fear, Trusting God

Not many things are more exciting for kids than a day at a favorite theme park. The excitement accelerates as kids approach the main gate and the adventure begins. Hearts pound as they wait in line to ride the park's premier roller coaster!

LifeWay's VBS 2013 will use this setting to challenge kids, teens, and adults to tap into God's promise to give them the courage to face their fears by trusting Him. Whether the sense of fearfulness comes from changing the familiar for the unfamiliar, speaking up when it's right to do so, or making the ultimate decision to believe in Jesus and trust Him as Savior, they can trust God for the spirit of power, love, and sound judgment.

VBS Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness,

but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

YOU ASKED FOR IT! WE DELIVERED! We are extremely excited to announce that the Bible study for the week centers around the Apostle Paul. This is only the second time we have spent an entire week of VBS encountering Jesus through the eyes, words, and experiences of just one person from Scripture.

Day 1 - Dare to Change

Bible Story: Acts 9:1-18 (Paul's conversion.)

Life Application Direction: This study is designed to help kids, teens, and adults know that God can change their lives by replacing fear with courage and hope.

Day 2 - Dare to Speak Up

Bible Story: Acts 9:20-30 (Paul speaks up in Damascus, experiences a basket escape, and returns to Jerusalem where Barnabas speaks up for him.)

Life Application Direction: This study teaches us that God can help us speak up boldly against wrong doings.

Day 3 - Dare to Believe

Bible Story: Acts 16:16-34 (Paul and Silas in prison, jailer's conversion.)

Life Application Direction: The study this day teaches us we can recognize God's love, and we express our love to others when we share about Jesus.

Day 4 - Dare to Stand Strong

Bible Story: Acts 21:27-23:11 (Paul before the Sanhedrin - vision of Jesus and promise to speak in Rome.)

Life Application Direction: This day we learn that God gives us courage to stand strong for God's Truth with gentleness and respect.

Day 5 - Dare to Trust

Bible Story: Acts 27 (The shipwreck.)

Life Application Direction: On this day we learn that we can trust God with whatever comes next.


Theme Bible Verse: Hebrews 13:6

God helps me. I will not be afraid.

Day 1: Acts 9:1-21 - Paul Learned to Love Jesus

Day 2: Acts 9:20-31 - Barnabas Was a Friend to Paul

Day 3: Acts 16:22-34 - Paul and Silas in Jail

Day 4: Acts 21:37-2:11 - Paul Talked to the People

Day 5: Acts 27 - God Took Care of Paul


  1. Summer Cooper says

    Love the "Wildfire"....I love the fact that we can be a part of setting these kds hearts wildly on fire for Jesus through the teachings of Paul! WTG Lifeway! I can't wait until next year!

  2. Shannon Vines says

    SOOOO looking forward to next year!! Day 3 will be my favorite, I know it already. Selah has a song titled "I Bless Your Name" that I sing as my testimony. The song is written about Paul and Silas being in jail and crying out to God in song and breaking free from their "chains". LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!

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