Let’s dig in for a closer look at the Bible stories that will be taught during LifeWay’s VBS 2020: Concrete & Cranes. In studying five stories from the life of Jesus, kids will learn how they can build their lives on the sure foundation of Jesus’ love. It’s all about Christ and His gospel!
Day 1: Jesus Chose Matthew (Matthew 9:9-13)
Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector, to follow Him. Matthew left everything behind and followed Jesus. Matthew hosted a banquet. Jesus and His disciples came to the banquet. The Pharisees complained and questioned why Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus told the Pharisees that He came not for the righteous but for sinners.
Day 2: Paul’s Redemption (Acts 26:1-29)
Paul was chosen by God to bring the good news about Jesus to the Gentiles. He was arrested and later taken to King Agrippa to tell his story. Paul told how he used to persecute believers. But one day, on the road to Damascus, he saw a bright light and heard a voice speaking to him. The voice was Jesus. Paul obeyed Jesus’ command and told people everywhere that Jesus is the Messiah.
Day 3: Jesus Prayed in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46)
On the last night Jesus spent with His disciples, He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He asked His disciples to remain awake and pray while He went further into the garden. Jesus was distressed because He knew He was going to die on the cross to save people from their sins. Jesus returned to the disciples three times and found them asleep each time. The last time He told the disciples to get up and follow Him. Jesus knew the time had come to follow through with God’s plan.
Day 4: Jesus’ Resurrection and Promise (Matthew 28:1-10,16-20)
On the Sunday after Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James went to the tomb. When they arrived, they saw that the stone had been rolled away and an angel was sitting on it. The angel told the women that Jesus had risen. He instructed them to go tell the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee. Later the disciples traveled to Galilee, where they saw Jesus. The disciples received instructions from Jesus and the promise that He would be with them always!
Day 5: Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-29)
Jesus told a parable about two builders. He said that everyone who heard His words and acted on them would be like the wise man who built his house on the rock. The house had a strong foundation and would stand against the wind and the rain. However, those who did not listen would be like the foolish builder who built his house on the sand. Once the wind and rains came, the house collapsed. If people listen and obey Jesus, they will have a strong foundation for whatever happens in their lives.