Everything Required – June 15, 2018

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3, CSB).

Our VBS theme verse points to the all-encompassing nature of what God has provided for us in Christ. While we certainly never have everything we want, 2 Peter 1:3 promises us that knowledge of Christ can give us everything required for life. By outlining the daily lessons we covered during VBS, I hope to encourage us to depend more fully upon Jesus to receive everything we need.

*Day 1: Jesus cares about me
Bible Story—Luke 15:1-7  (The Parable of the Lost Sheep)
Just as the shepherd in Jesus’ parable goes after the one sheep who was lost, so also the God who rules the universe pursues sinners. We all long to be known. Yet that natural craving often leads us to look for recognition in the wrong ways and in the wrong places. The Holy Spirit summons us from our fruitless pursuits and redirects our desires toward the One who truly cares about us.

*Day 2: Jesus gives me hope
Bible Story—John 11:1-44  (The Raising of Lazarus)
The story of how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead shows us that Jesus is powerful enough to give eternal life to those who trust in him. As Lord of both life and death, Jesus has proven his superiority over everything that might threaten our hope.

*Day 3: Jesus helps me believe
Bible Story—John 20:19-31  (Thomas Believes in Jesus)
Even though we cannot see him in person as Thomas did, Jesus promised us we can still know him through faith. In order to put our faith in Christ, we’re called to seek a living and dynamic relationship with Christ.

*Day 4: Jesus loves me
Bible Story—John 13:1-35; 19:25-27; 21:15-25  (The Apostle John sees Jesus’ love firsthand)
By humbly serving his disciples—to the point of dying in their place—Jesus showed us how much he loves us. Jesus’ love isn’t something for us to question or doubt; on the contrary, he has proven his love for us “in that while we were still sinners” Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

*Day 5: Jesus gives me joy
Bible Story—Acts 16:23-34  (Paul and Silas in Prison)
The same joy that inspired Paul and Silas to sing as they remained locked in prison became evident in the Philippian jailer when he learned the secret to ultimate joy, namely, trusting Jesus—and Jesus alone—for our salvation. Such joy can be ours as well!

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