Vacation Bible School

Hike Up!

God desires to have a close and intimate relationship with each of us. Throughout the Old Testament, we hear and see God meeting people on the top of mountains for unforgettable experiences. The notion of being on a mountain continues to be symbolic of being close to God and those who met with God on top of a mountain were thought to be in close fellowship with God. God revealed Himself and various aspects of His character on the mountaintop, and today we still hear of people having their own mountaintop experiences.

Hiking can be physically and emotionally rigorous but is also deeply transformative—as one experiences both the beauty of God’s creation and the beauty of God Himself. This year, we will hike up five biblical mountaintops to meet God, drawing closer to Him as we encounter Him anew through Scripture. Once at the top, the experience of climbing and communing with God will teach us about ourselves and God’s character. Learning some of the attributes of God deepen our trust in the God of all creation who reveals Himself to us, invites us into covenant relationship, matures our faith, and sends us out to serve.

As a result of experiencing these lessons, participants will do the following:

  • Learn that our mountaintop experiences are meant to transform us
  • Learn that we are called to go back down the mountain to serve

So this week, let’s pack our gear and hike up a few mountains of the Bible!

Daily Climbs

Day 1: Up to Mt. Moriah (Genesis 22:1-14)
As we hike up Mt. Moriah, we learn that God is a provider.

Day 2: Up to Mt. Sinai (Exodus 34:1-10)
As we hike up Mt. Sinai, we learn that God enters into covenant with His people and guides them through His Word.

Day 3: Up to Mt. Zion (2 Samuel 5:1-10)
As we hike up Mt. Zion, we learn that God is powerful and will protect His people.

Day 4: Up to Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18:16-39)
As we hike up Mt. Carmel, we learn that God will defend Himself as the one True God.

Day 5: Up to Mt. Tabor (Luke 9:28-37)
As we hike up Mt. Tabor, we too will experience a transformation on the Mt. of Transfiguration and learn that, just like Jesus, we too need to go back down the mountain to serve.