VBS 2013 Daily News: Wednesday

PRESSING FORWARD: Students Vow to Keep Going and Growing in Christ

State College, PA – Sometimes it’s easy to just give up when things aren’t going well and students at Holy Trinity’s Vacation Bible School learned how to resist the urge to quit. The topics of discussion were varied and enthusiastic as students discovered that:

  • IMG_3532Pressing forward implies that there will be resistance.
  • If you are not pressing forward, you are falling behind.
  • Pressing forward is progress, not just motion.
  • The effort of pressing forward produces growth.

With this new found knowledge, the students are learning to understand that there will be challenges and obtacles to overcome and be prepared to take them on.

What’s in the Book?

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to IMG_3534have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus…. Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of the pattern of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For as I have often told you before and now say again, even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their God is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”  (Philippians 3:12-14, 17-21)

IMG_3536In a Greek race, the wreath was placed upon the finish line so that all the runners could see it. It was an incentive for the runners to give their best. It was something upon which they could focus their concentration. The picture Paul paints for us is one of a runner, with his body bent forward, reaching out toward the goal, with his eyes fixed upon the prize. It is not just looking ahead, it is reaching ahead. Paul realizes that he has not yet crossed the finish line himself. He cannot sit back and relax. Paul urges us not to forsake the progress we have made thus far and to continue to press forward.

FPO – For Parents Only

VBS Daily News is prepared especially for YOU.  In each issue, you will read about the major topics discussed and the learning objectives for each day.  Take time to read it (particularly the scriptural references) and discuss it with your child.  Hopefully, they will be able to describe to you the race we are to run as Christ’s followers.