By Polly House
Kids will become Agency D3 special agents during LifeWay’s Vacation Bible School 2014 as they collect and log evidence about Jesus.
Using their best high-tech operative skills, they will examine eyewitness reports, physical proof and biblical accounts to uncover and defend the truth about who Jesus really is. By collecting all the evidence, they will Discover the truth of the gospel; Decide to believe it; and then Defend that decision.
“D3 is an investigative agency organized to discover if Jesus is really who He claims to be and if the Bible is true,” said Jerry Wooley, LifeWay’s VBS specialist. “We have put together one of the most fun, investigative and high-tech VBS themes ever.
“This is the first VBS we’ve had with an apologetics theme,” Wooley said. “Kids not only need to know the Bible is true and that Jesus is God’s one and only Son, but they need to know how to defend what they believe when someone asks them why they believe it.”
For VBS 2014, LifeWay has discontinued the Sampler and Super Samplers and instead will make available true starter kits, according to Wooley. “People have asked us for resources that will be more practical, and we have done that.”
Beginning Oct. 1, LifeWay will offer a Jump-start Kit for pastors and VBS directors. Materials included in it will help with planning, enlistment, publicity and decorations.
LifeWay will offer VBS leaders several opportunities for training, including preview events in January and February 2014. Go to LifeWay.com/VBSPreview for information.
The VBS 2014 theme verse is 1 Peter 3:15: “But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”
VBSers will look at daily questions, investigating to discover, decide and defend scripture:
- Day 1 — Is Jesus really God’s Son?
- Day 2 — Was Jesus more than just a good man?
- Day 3 — Was Jesus’ death real?
- Day 4 — Is Jesus alive?
- Day 5 — What do I do with the evidence about Jesus?
“This VBS has probably the most evangelistic theme we’ve ever had,” Wooley said. “You add that to the apologetics, and it makes for the opportunity for deep discipleship.”
Wooley said for many churches, VBS is the most evangelical event in their church year.
Every year more than 25,000 churches host VBS, enrolling nearly 3 million children, youth and adults, resulting in more than 80,000 professions of faith in Christ.
Learn more at LifeWay.com/VBS
Polly House is managing editor of Facts&Trends.