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Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness!
Enter his courts with joyful songs! 

There are lots of opportunities to serve before VBS by praying, donating, building sets, shopping, planning, and assisting with training.  There are also opporunities to serve during VBS by teaching, or leading in drama, crafts, recreation, snacks, music, or Bible teaching.

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And if you plan to serve, RSVP to attend one of four servant training events. They are on 6/2, 6/6, 6/13, and 6/16!

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Outrageous Grace

Lesson 3 in the Proof Pirates Curriculum focuses on God’s outrageous grace as it is revealed to us in Ephesians 2:8-9. We learned that, ”O is for Outrageous Grace–Jesus fully paid for all of our sins.” Here are the key points for the lesson:

  • There is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace.
  • But Jesus fully paid for all our sins.
  • God gives us Jesus as a perfectly free gift.

We’ve been learning that God loved us before we were even born, and because we are dead in our sins there is nothing that we can do, on our own, to be saved by him. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace. God doesn’t love us because we do good things or because we are born into a good family. God loved us first before we did anything good or bad. he saves us because of everything that he has done and nothing that we have done. God saved us while we were still sinners, by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins. He did this by dying on the cross. At the cross, Jesus fully paid for all our sins. Jesus paid it all! Jesus is our wonderful treasure, God’s wonderful gift to us that we can never earn!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it si the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

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Resurrecting Grace

Lesson 2 of the Proof Pirates Curriculum focuses on God’s resurrecting grace as it is revealed to us in Ephesians 2:4-5. We learned that, “R is for Resurrecting Grace–God makes dead men alive in Christ Jesus.” Here are the key points for the lesson:

  • We are dead in our sins.
  • We cannot save ourselves.
  • But God makes dead men alive in Christ Jesus.

The Bible says that we are dead in our rebellion and sin. Just think about the foolish choices that we make. It doesn’t matter how hard we try, we are still sinners. We cannot obey God, and we cannot obey our parents without God’s help. We are like dead skeletons. Dead skeletons have no muscles, no brain, and no heart. They have no power to move on their own. But God can make those dead skeletons live again. God can make dead men walk. The Bible says that God makes us alive in Christ Jesus. He gives us power to make wise choices, power to obey him, power to live.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

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Planned Grace

Lesson 1 in the Proof Pirates Curriculum focuses on God’s planned grace as it is revealed to us in Ephesians 1:4-6. We learned that, “P is for Planned Grace–God maps out the plan of salvation for his people.” Here are the key points for the lesson:

  • God mapped out the way of salvation for his people.
  • God loved and picked out the people he would save.
  • God saves his people through his Son Jesus.

We are all sinners. We choose to disobey, but God still loves us and wants to give us a gift to save us and help us. Before God created the heavens and earth, he had a plan. God mapped out the way of salvation for his people. God picked out who he would save and just how he would save them. God’s grace is not his “plan B.” This is the plan that God made before the foundations of the world and that God finished when Jesus died for his people. In his love, God chooses the way that His people will go. The map and compass belong to him. So, we can trust that we have God’s very best plan in Jesus.

In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:4b-6

Here are the pieces of the lesson in PDF format for quick downloading:

Proof Pirates! Curriculum, Introduction

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from youselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Dear Parents,

So much in our life tells us that it is our performance that makes us who we are. This is especially true in the lives of kids. Think what they hear from chore charts, report cards, standardized tests, recitals, and athletic banquets. The overwhelming message is, “If you do well, you will be rewarded; if you do not do well, you will lose your reward, and you may even be punished.” Performance—work and reward—is one of the basic structures of our lives. As a result, kids grow up thinking, “I am what I am because of what I do… or because of what I’ve failed to do.”

Have you ever thought about how different this “message of performance” is from the Bible’s message of redemption? In 1 Corinthians 15:10, the Apostle Paul says, “I am what I am by the grace of God.” I learned about God’s grace while sitting with my dad in his Dodge pick-up truck after school. I was in ninth grade, and I overwhelmed with things that seem silly now—schoolwork, acne, girls, and my scrawny physique. That day, my dad taught me a lesson that I pray I’ll never forget: “What God says about you is more important than what others say.” Continue Reading…