VBS Day 5: Satisfy Your Physical and Spiritual Needs

And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. (1 John 3:23)

Jesus feeds the 5000.

Aside from the resurrection, the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. He began with just “five barley loaves and two fish,” borrowed from a boy’s lunch.

It was a lesson in the limits of human endeavor, and an act of love by our Savior.

Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many? (John 6:9).

Philip immediately calculated the cost and found it was an impossible task. He forgot to factor in the will of Jesus. The Lord’s approach was different. He bypassed all human effort and did the impossible. With that Jesus feed 5,000 men. Many Bible scholars believe the actual number of people fed that day could have been 15,000 to 20,000.

And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. (Mark 6:41)

God easily multiplies our gifts. We must never forget that God wants to meet our needs. He loves us.

Expect God to do far beyond what can be imagined.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20)

God not only wants to meet the needs of his children, but he wants to lavish his children with spiritual blessings

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5)

This week at VBS has been a blessing for all of us at Bent Creek Baptist Church. We cherish the opportunity to bring the love of the Lord to the children. And we are humbled that five of the children who attended VBS 2015 chose to come to the Lord. For them and for all the children and families we pray…

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met” (Matthew 6:33 The Message)

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Read about each day at BCBC VBS 2015, starting here.

Thanks to Rick Shuford for the photos.

VBS Day 4: Thirsty for Truth

Jesus answered, “…whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (circa 1585) by Paolo Veronese

We don’t know her name or age. But her conversation with the Lord is his longest one-on-one chat recorded in Scripture.

It was noon on a hot day. Jesus was tired from traveling and rested at Jacob’s well outside the town of Sychar, a town in Samaria. There, while waiting for his disciples to go into town for food, he met a woman carrying a clay jar.

Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7)

The rest of the story is presented in this video.

Read about VBS Day 5 here.

Read about each day at BCBC VBS 2015, starting here.

Thanks to Rick Shuford for the photos.

VBS Day 3: The Meaning of Jesus’ First Miracle

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

Last night we learned that the first miracle by Jesus in public occurred during a wedding, about a month after his baptism by John the Baptist.

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

(John 2:1-4)

Mary persisted. She turned to the servants, making clear that she expected Jesus to help.

And he did.

Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. …and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:7-10)

Why did Jesus use his will to create wine for a wedding? At first he was annoyed when his mother suggested it. Perhaps upon reflection he recognized that this seemingly trivial act offered a teaching moment.

First, the superior quality of the wine not only surprised the steward, but it made a strong impression on Jesus’ new disciples. The act revealed his glory; and it convinced his disciples to believe in him — their needs would be provided.

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11)

In addition, this miracle of water into wine was a sign. It resulted from the combined actions of people and divine activity. Yes, we can fill water jars; but only God can turn water into wine! We can do the ordinary, the commonplace, the normal activity; but God brings it to life.

The first of Jesus’ miracles reveals what the ministry of Jesus will be like whenever he touches a human life. And it has held true, not only during his time on earth, but through all the centuries to come — whenever and wherever his ministry is present in the world.

Yes, it affects us even today. When we invite God into our situation all the humdrum, commonplace activities of our lives are touched by a new power that makes them special, giving joy and gladness to our heart. That’s the meaning of this sign.

Read all about VBS 2015 starting here.

The Water to Wine drama during VBS is shown below.


Thanks to Rick Shuford for providing the photo.


VBS Day 2: Baptism and Obedience

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14)

VBS Drama: John the Baptist speaking on the banks of the Jordan River.

On the second day of VBS we learned about baptism and obedience, with Jesus as our example.

In order to be baptized, Jesus walked 60 miles (several days) from Galilee to meet John the Baptist who was baptizing believers in the Jordan River. If it was important enough then that Jesus walked so far in the blazing sun of Judea — land of the Jews — then it’s an important lesson for us to learn today.

What is Baptism?

The word baptism comes from the Greek meaning to plunge under or be immersed in water. Baptism is an act of obedience.

The Bible teaches that, Jesus was clear about the role of baptism in the lives of those who accepted him: He “commanded” the disciples…

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew. 28:19).

Anyone in the early church, who came to Christ, was baptized. All the apostles preached it, and new believers obeyed the command. But what’s most important about baptism is the fact that Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him” (Matthew 3:13-16).

God showed his approval of Jesus and the act of baptism when the Holy Spirit appeard in the form of a dove and a voice from heaven said,

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

Tonight we learned the meaning of baptism.

Jesus baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

Standing in the water before being baptized represents a life before trusting Jesus. We were alive to sin, following and obeying it as our master.

By being place completely underneath the water, we become dead to sin. We become a believer, turning away from sin to follow Jesus.

Finally, by rising up out of the water we start a new life. Because of Jesus we are washed clean from sin — not because our bodies are wet but because our sins are forgiven by God.

You can see the Drama below.

Join us tonight 6 to 8:30 pm at BCBC VBS 2015.

You can read about VBS Day 1 here.

You can read about VBS Day 3 here.

Thanks to Doug Van Wirt for the photos.

VBS Day 1: Working Together to Find Jesus

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)

On Sunday, more than 95 children, with parents and BCBC volunteers came together to celebrate Jesus during the first evening of Bent Creek VBS 2015.

Through imaginative dramas, singing, and fellowship it’s a wonderful way for young people to express themselves and learn about the Bible. For some, this is their first encounter with Jesus. For all, it’s a valuable opportunity to ask questions about Christ and his role in their lives.

This year we are learning about the early life of Jesus. What was it like for his parents to raise Jesus the Messiah? The Bible gives a brief account in Luke that’s probably based on a story Mary told about Jesus’ childhood.

“After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it… Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:42-45)

Mary and Joseph eventually found Jesus in the Temple, sitting among a small group of teachers, listening to them and asking questions that indicated his depth of understanding.

“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:46-50)

It was more than a boy’s somewhat naive question to his mother. This was a turning point in Jesus’ life as he took the word “father” and applied it to the God of the Temple. Mary understood.

“But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2:51)

The Bible encourages God’s people to assemble in groups. At Bent Creek VBS, the children join one of the 12 tribes of Israel. In this small group setting they develop special warm relationships and are encouraged to express their thoughts and ask questions. In the process, they learn that through the Holy Spirit they can love and worship and serve.

There’s still time to join us. Bring your child to Bent Creek Baptist Church tonight at 6 pm, and let them begin their search to find Jesus.







Read about VBS Day 2 here.

Thanks to Rick Shuford for the photos.

VBS in The Eyes of The Children

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)

This summer, give your child the life-changing message of God’s love for them. Give them the BCBC Vacation Bible School — a week of joy and discovery.

VBS 2015 at Bent Creek Baptist Church: “The Calling: The Early Life of Jesus”.

  • When?
    • Sunday, June 14th through Thursday, June 18th, 6 to 8 pm
  • Where?
    • Bent Creek Baptist Church, 1554 Brevard Rd. Asheville, NC
  • Who?
    • All children 3 years and up.
  • Need more information?
    • Call 828-667-9818

Here, in photos from past BCBC VBS programs, see the wonder in the children’s eyes and discovery in their expressions.

VBS 2015 will teach children about the early life of Jesus through enjoyable, age-appropriate activities.

Guided by the word and vision of the Lord, VBS 2015 is written and produced by Chris Jennings, with support from the BCBC congregation and VBS parents.

There is no cost to participate, just a commitment from parents to provide a meaningful, life changing experience for your children.

Although there is no cost for this program, you must pre-register your child. To help us plan, please fill out the registration form as soon as possible.

Just click here to register.

Read more about our past programs here.



The Arrival: Vacation Bible School at Bent Creek Baptist Church

IMG_2475Sunday, June 15th, was the first night of Vacation Bible School for 2014, which continues through Thursday, June 19th. The title of VBS 2014 is “The Arrival”.

This year we will follow Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.

Seventy-five children are pre-registered, and 89 BCBC church members have volunteered their time and talents to make this a rewarding experience for the children, many of whom will begin their journey in Christian faith.

If you haven’t registered your child for The Arrival, there’s still time. Bring your child (children) to the church tomorrow, Monday evening, at 6 pm and register for the remainder of the program. Each night is highlighted by live drama, with visits from angels, shepherds, and wise men. Farm animals, live music, and snacks ensure an enjoyable experience. Costumes will be provided for all the children and adults.

The Arrival runs this week from 6 pm to 8:30 pm Monday through Thursday.

Call the church office for more information. 828-667-9818

BCBC VBS Overview


VBS 2013

On June 14 – 18 BCBC will present VBS 2015. Come back to the BCBC Website for more information as we prepare for “THE CALLING”.

For now, here is a history of VBS at BCBC.

VBS features realistic, staged outdoor sets with costumed adults as well as costumed children! See last year’s Fall of Jericho youtube on our VBS page.

Created and choreographed by Chris Jennings, this year’s theme is THE ARRIVAL: The greatest story ever told – the birth of the Savior, Jesus. You can read more about it and pre-register your child on our VBS site.

Prior years’ themes were:

THE CROSSING: Bible stories involving the time just prior to crossing into the Promised Land including the investigation of the Promised Land, the Israelites’ doubt and a generation banned, the faith of Rahab, the anointing of Joshua and death of Moses, crossing the Jordan River and the destruction of Jericho. Nightly themes: “God’s People Rise”, “God’s People Fall”, God’s People Rebuild”, “God’s People Cross Over”, and “God’s People Conquer”. (2013)

THE WANDERING: Bible stories around the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness including miracles in the desert, the Ten Commandments, manna, constructing the Tabernacle and the items to be used in it, the golden calf and the Shikina Glory. Nightly themes:” God’s Plan for Provision”, “God’s Plan for Worship”, “God’s Plan for Living”, “God’s Plan for Relationship”, and “God’s Plan for the Plunder”. (2012)

THE EXODUS: The stories of Moses’ birth, the burning bush, the plagues, Passover and crossing the Red Sea. Nightly themes: “God Hears Me”, “God Sees Me”, “God Cares About Me”, “God Has a Plan for Me” and “God Will Rescue Me”. (2011)

THE JOURNEY: Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace. Nightly Themes: “God Gives Us Hope”, “God Gives Us Special Abilities”, “God Gives Us Wisdom”, “God Gives Us Forgiveness”, and “God Gives Us a Family”. (2010)