By Caleb Head
SCBI Children’s Ministry Next Step Connector
Student Minister, Vann Avenue Baptist Church
Indiana Baptists, I hope this year you will say “Y.E.S. to VBS!”. Vacation Bible School is a beloved and influential event that ignites the faith of countless children across the globe. With their upcoming 2024 VBS theme, Breaker Rock Beach, Lifeway introduces a powerful message of God’s rock-solid truth in a world of shifting sands. This theme presents a unique opportunity to challenge children to stand firm on the truth of God, even when culture says otherwise.
Breaker Rock Beach takes children on an extraordinary adventure to a Northwest Pacific coastal paradise. At first glance, it may seem like just another beach-themed VBS, but this theme goes beyond the surface. Lifeway recognizes the current cultural climate, and the challenges children face as they grow up in a world where opinions and values are constantly changing. Breaker Rock Beach aims to equip children with a firm foundation in God’s unchanging truth, helping them navigate the shifting sands of cultural influence.
One of the key reasons why Breaker Rock Beach is essential is its focus on empowering children. Lifeway understands the importance of teaching children to think critically and stand firm in their faith. This theme encourages children to examine what culture tells them and compare it to the unyielding truth found in God’s Word. By engaging in thought-provoking activities, deep discussions, and interactive lessons, children are challenged to go against the current and make choices aligned with God’s truth.
In a world that often encourages conformity and compromise, Breaker Rock Beach empowers children to take a stand and be the voice of truth. Lifeway believes in the power of children to be influencers and change-makers in their communities. This theme inspires children to be bold in their faith, unafraid to share God’s truth with their peers and make a lasting impact on the world around them.
Furthermore, Breaker Rock Beach isn’t just about challenging children but also equipping and supporting them. Lifeway supplies resources and materials for parents, volunteers, and church leaders to continue the conversations and lessons at home and in the community. By partnering with families, Lifeway ensures that the message of standing firm on God’s truth permeates beyond the week of VBS, bringing lasting transformation to the lives of children.
The importance of Lifeway’s 2024 VBS theme, Breaker Rock Beach, cannot be overstated. In a world where truth is constantly shifting and evolving, it is crucial to equip children to stand firm on the unchanging truth of God and as the main Bible Scripture for Breaker Rock Beach states in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (CSB) This theme challenges cultural norms and empowers children to embrace God’s truth wholeheartedly, making a lasting impact on their lives and the lives of others.
So, say Y.E.S. to VBS! Embrace the transformative power of Breaker Rock Beach and allow your children to dive deep into God’s rock-solid truth. Let us equip them to go against what culture says and stand firm on the unchanging truth of God, shaping them into influencers who will impact their communities and the world for years to come. Lifeway’s 2024 VBS theme is an invitation for children to build their lives upon the solid rock of God’s truth, creating a firm foundation that will withstand the shifting sands of culture.
I invite all of you to join us for our statewide VBS Clinic. We have two opportunities for you to attend training. The first will take place on February 10th and the second will be on March 9th. Both trainings will take place at City View Church in Avon. We are also excited to announce that at the March 9th training we will be providing a Hispanic VBS training for all our Hispanic churches or those churches that may want to do a VBS in Spanish! I am excited for the momentum SCBI is gaining throughout our state and I look forward to Connecting for Kingdom Advancement with all of you!