Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD’S glory has shone upon you! Isaiah 60:1
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Bible Lessons | Discovery on Adventure Island VBS 2021
The Creation Story: Genesis 1:1-2:9
Arise! Shine with Love!
The story of Creation helps children understand how we can shine God’s light of love on all creation! As children explore God’s loving creation through six days of work and one day of rest, they will witness, beginning with light, how God called all of creation good. Through this experience, they will be reminded that God's purpose in creation is good. We should strive to take care of the environment God has provided. We can also care about the people around us by shining the light of love everywhere we go.
Moses and the Burning Bush: Exodus 3:1-20
Arise! Shine with Trust!
The story of God calling Moses through the burning bush helps children understand that we can shine God’s light of trust by answering God’s call! Even though Moses felt inadequate to follow through, he had to trust God in order to experience God’s power in the world. We often trust our fear more than we trust God’s words to us. But when we are able to confess our fear and put our trust in God, we experience God’s miraculous work. We arise and shine as we witness God’s glory through all life’s ups and downs.
Faith Through the Roof: Luke 5:17-26
Arise! Shine with Faith!
The story of four friends whose faith led them to lower their friend through a hole in the roof for Jesus to heal demonstrates to children that we can shine our light of faith by acting on who God is. Children will not only see faith demonstrated through the act of the four friends, but Jesus’ response to the man who was paralyzed. Instead of immediately healing the man, Jesus forgives the man’s sins first. This might seem odd, but children at Discovery on Adventure Island will understand that this is exactly what a life of faith is like. We come to God with the needs we know we have. God addresses those needs, but through faith, we also learn about other needs we were unaware of. Like the man who was paralyzed and his friends, God affirms our faith. And that faith allows us to arise and shine God’s light in the world.
The "Lost" Parables: Luke 5:17-26
Arise! Shine with Joy!
Through Jesus’ telling of the “Lost” Parables, students will understand that we can shine God’s light of joy when we share God’s light together. Students will explore how finding a lost sheep and a lost coin, and the return of a lost son can all be occasions for celebration and joy. Like the father in the story, God is pleased when we celebrate what God celebrates. And, when we do, we shine with joy in the world.
Mary at the Tomb: John 20:1-18
Arise! Shine with Hope!
The story of Mary, Peter, and the disciple Jesus loved at the empty tomb reminds students that we can shine God’s light of hope by sharing Jesus’ good news with others! As Mary hears her name spoken by the risen Jesus, children are witness to the hope found in Jesus’ resurrection. And as witnesses to the hope found in Jesus, children are invited to share this hope with others and shine God’s light of hope to all.
Music | Discovery on Adventure Island VBS 2021
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Creator of the Universe
Here I Am To Worship
Little Night Light
Bustin' through the Roof
You Reign Forevermore
I Feel Like Dancing
Your Light Has Come
Arise and Shine