Day 2 – Foundation of Forgiveness
Empty Water Bottle
Hot Glue or Sticky Tack
Food Coloring (4 Different Colors)
Pen or Pencil
TODAY’S BIBLE LESSON
“Paul’s Redemption” – Acts 26:1-29
Welcome to Day 2 of Revival Kids VBS Re-Imagined! Today, our VBS hosts will give your construction workers the Blueprint for the day, which includes deciphering a mystery message and completing a fun experiment for science. They will watch Day 2 of our animated Concrete and Cranes video, and then our Worship Rally Kids will get everyone up and moving and ready for the day.
If you have a Bible, turn to Acts 26:1-29: Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests, I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities. On one of these journeys, I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the gentiles, I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” In today’s Bible story, Paul was chosen by God to bring the good news about Jesus to the Gentiles. He was arrested and later taken to King Agrippa to tell his story. Paul told how he used to persecute believers. But one day, on the road to Damascus, he saw a bright light and heard a voice speaking to him. The voice was Jesus. Paul obeyed Jesus’ command and told people everywhere that Jesus is the Messiah. Paul had done nothing to deserve being chosen by Jesus to share the good news. Paul later referred to himself as the worst of sinners. However, because Paul was obedient, God empowered him and used him in a mighty way to spread the gospel.
Today’s activity is SCIENCE. Take out the “Mystery Message” sheet provided in your Science Supply Kit. When your child has completed the mystery message, write today’s bonus verse at the bottom, “No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.
Say: “When I handed out this sheet, the message on it was a mystery, and we had to work to figure out the answer. The incredible thing about God is that His love for us is not a mystery. He communicated it clearly by sending Jesus to die for us and saying it repeatedly in His Word. This is what today’s bonus verse tells us – that He loved us with the greatest kind of love.”
Take out your Activity Book and turn to page 5, “Oops.” Share with your child that sometimes construction mistakes happen and identify what went wrong on page 5. Call attention to the empty box on page 5. Ask your child to think about a sin they might struggle with. Please encourage them to draw a picture of the sin in the space provided. Explain this could be anything that they know would not be pleasing to God.
Ask: “Do you believe Jesus loves you even when you mess up? Do you think Jesus loved you after what you drew in the box? The great news is Jesus loves you, regardless of your sin! This means no matter what you’ve done, Jesus still loves you, and He will forgive you when you ask!”.
Vacation Bible School – Concrete and Cranes