Get On Board [1.0]: Cruising with God’s Family ~ Ephesians 1:5 (NRSV)
Theme Verse: “[God] destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.” (Ephesians 1:5, NRSV)
Motto: We are Family!
Before our mothers and fathers knew our name, God knew us and loved us. God predestined us to be His sons and daughters, thus becoming His family through Jesus Christ. In this year’s VBS, we will cruise with the Brown family and learn what it means to have been adopted into God’s family, learning family values and various ways of being as His sons and daughters. Being children of God is who we are; it is our identity. It pleases God to have each of us as His child. No matter what we have done or will do wrong, God has not changed His mind about any of us—for in love God chose each of us and we are His most prized creation. So, get on board and let’s enjoy this summer’s cruise as God’s adopted family!
As a result of experiencing these lessons, participants will . . .
- Discover that it is in Christ that we have been adopted in God’s family.
- Discover that in Christ we are free to live as God’s children.
Day 1: Freedom from Fear
Key Verse: Romans 8:16
Biblical Text: Romans 8:1-2, 12-17 (children); Romans 8:1-17 (adults)
Key Focus: In Christ, we are free from fear.
Day 2: Adopted into God’s Family
Key Verse: Ephesians 1:5
Biblical Text: Ephesians 1:1-10
Key Focus: Being adopted into God’s family has always been a part of God’s plan for us.
Day 3: Lavished with Grace
Key Verse: Luke 15:22-23
Biblical Text: Luke 15:20-32
Key Focus: In grace, God always receives us as His children.
Day 4: Blessed with Kingdom Values
Key Verse: Matthew 5:9
Biblical Text: Matthew 5:1-12
Key Focus: God has given us values so we can be blessed.
Day 5: Called to Leave a Legacy of Love
Key Verse: 1 John 4:18
Biblical Text: 1 John 4:7-21
Key Focus: The God of love wants us to leave a legacy of love.