The Journey to VBS 2015 Begins!

Journey Off The Map™

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Set out on a journey to uncharted territory where kids will encounter the unexpected waiting around every bend. Imagine discovering new plants, flowers, or trees and seeing amazing scenery from brand new vantage points. What excitement! Sounds beautiful, right?

 

In 2015 God has led us to take our content outline a little “off the map.” We jump in with both feet on Day 1 by introducing Jesus as our ultimate Guide and sharing how to have a personal relationship with Him. On Days 2–4 kids will explore stories from the Book of Daniel. These Bible stories show how Daniel and his friends followed God as their Guide. Kids can discover from these examples how to follow Jesus as their Guide. On Day 5 kids will learn that, even though the journey may be unknown to us, it is known to Him. The vision God gave Daniel and the promises Jesus made to His disciples give all of us hope for now and forever.

 

Just as Daniel and his friends stepped into uncharted territory and found that God still had a plan, kids can begin to understand that obedience to God does not always lead to the expected. The journey of a lifetime begins with an exciting relationship with Jesus that continues into eternity. Whenever faced with the unexpected, kids can know to listen for God’s command: “This is the way. Walk in it.”

 

Bible Content Point of the Week

God is faithful. When we trust Jesus as our Savior, he walks with us along the journey of becoming more like Him. God’s story of redemption includes the promise of eternity with Him. Our faithfulness to God is important to insure that the relationship grows as we journey with Him.

Day 1 Know Your Guide

Jesus’ birth was announced and angels declared that He is the Messiah. Jesus spent time teaching and healing people. He died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day He arose. Jesus is our ultimate Guide. (Galatians 4:4–5; Luke 2:8–11; Matthew 4:23–25; 1 Corinthians 15:3–5)

 

Day 2 Follow Your Guide

Daniel and his friends were among the Jewish captives chosen to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace. The food provided for the friends broke the laws God had given the Jewish people. Instead of breaking God’s laws, Daniel chose to follow his Guide and requested permission to be given vegetables and water instead. (Daniel 1)

 

Day 3 Trust Your Guide

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow and worship the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had built. As a result the three friends were thrown into a fiery furnace. They trusted God whether He chose to save them or allowed them to perish. God protected the three friends in the fire and they emerged unharmed. (Daniel 3)

 

Day 4 Stay On Track

Daniel consistently did what was right and kept his focus on God. Even when the king signed an edict that made it illegal to pray to anyone but the king, Daniel continued to pray openly to God. Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den for refusing to pray to the king. God closed the lions’ mouths and rescued Daniel from the lions. (Daniel 6)

 

Day 5 Keep Watching

Daniel received a vision of things to come. Jesus also told His disciples about things to come. God tells believers to keep watching for Jesus’ return and to obey His Word. (Daniel 10:7–12; 12:13; John 14:1–4; Revelation 22:7)

 

Up next: The Journey of a Lifetime

Comments

    • Lindsay Curtis says

      The winners were: Jonathan Turner, Tracy Potts, Jennifer McDougald, Jasmine Abreu, and Kim LeClaire. It was posted in the contest box on the blog and on Facebook. Thanks!

  1. Tammy says

    Well, I didn’t guess the theme, but I had the adventure/travel part right. AND I got the Bible verse…Isaiah 30:21. That seemed the most obvious of all the clues. Not sure about the name, but I guess it’ll grow on me. Got awhile to get into it. The content sounds like fun anyway.

  2. amy says

    Love the Bible Content and Theme for 2015. The reveal video made me think it was going to be a treasure hunt (Indiana Jones type) in pyramids. I think a theme based on Mayan Pyramids would be interesting.

  3. lisa belk says

    Yeah!!!!! In the midst of Agency D3 preparation and getting the thrill of previewing next years VBS direction. Let me sit here for a moment and calm myself and rub the goose bumps away.
    Thanks Lifeway!!

  4. Laura says

    just finished vbs this year (which was great) and it would be nice if day 1 picture 1 coordinated with day 1 activities on the back instead of day 1 picture 1 then activities for day 5 on the back. It makes it difficult to divide lessons up and to me just makes sense to have everything coordinate on the same page for day 1 and so on.

  5. Nicole says

    I’m new to your website/ministry. -Just searching the web for VBS curriculum for 2015.
    So the video on your website is for people to guess the VBS theme of 2015?? Originally, I thought it was a sample of the videos that were used in the VBS curriculum. I was concerned because it is a confusing video. Can you give me more insight?

    On the other hand, I love the scripture and content of the Journey Off the Map curriculum. I’m hoping to purchase it for our VBS for 2015.

    • Lindsay Curtis says

      Hi Nicole! Yes, the video you saw was the “theme reveal” video for 2015. We’ll be posting additional content and sneak peaks of videos included in the VBS curriculum throughout the summer.

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