PASTOR'S PEN: VBS for all ages

Like many churches, ours hosted a Vacation Bible School this summer. This is where children come in for a time of snacks, crafts, games and Bible teaching. We tend to think only of the fun they have and the time they spend with friends and a few hours of parental peace. However, everything at VBS has a point and it all centers around a central lesson from God’s Word. So, in this way, children have an intense week of training in the Bible — and have fun while they do it.

As I began to think more about this, I thought adults need the same thing. We tend to relegate these types of experiences to our children or teens, but, in reality, we could truly use some intense focus on the Word of God. In Deuteronomy, the future kings of Israel were told “to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law …It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees (Deuteronomy 17:18-19)". And Proverbs 119:9 and 11 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word … I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”

God considers a deep knowledge to be a very important part of the lives of those who follow Him. It shows us the path we should take and keeps on that right path. Just like a lawyer or judge needs to thoroughly know the law and follow it, a Christ-follower needs to know the Word of God and follow it. It isn’t a thorough knowledge to determine how to get around it, but how to know the best way to live.

Perhaps you can’t take a week off of work to attend a Bible conference for a week, but you can still spend intense times in God’s Word. Perhaps, study a subject or book of the Bible on your own or in a small group. You could attend week-long revival services at a camp or church. And with fall fast approaching there will be many men’s, ladies’ and couples’ weekend Bible retreats that would give a deeper focus on God’s Word.

The point is to not leave Bible study up to your children alone. You and I must be in the Word and must know the Word. In doing so you will “train yourself to be godly” … and “godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:7-8)."  Read the Word … follow the Word … be godly.