LifeWay announces 2016 VBS theme

“Submerged: Finding the Truth below the Surface” is the 2016 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

VBS 2016 will take children on an adventure deep within the mysterious sea. They will learn how Jesus looked deep inside people.

The theme verse is “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“Jesus sees. Jesus knows. Jesus saves” is the motto.

The theme helps challenge a culture consumed with celebrity—one marked by the image of beauty and popularity, LifeWay VBS specialist Jerry Wooley told Baptist Press.

“It’s a value system that’s unrealistic and an impossibility to achieve or maintain,” he said. “During Submerged, kids will discover it’s not what’s on the surface that matters, but the internal truth that only God can see.”

“This is an adventure that will take us not only to the depths of the ocean,” Wooley said, “but to the depths of our hearts as well. We will be challenged to let God not only search our hearts, but reveal the truths of our hearts as well.”

VBS remains one of the most effective evangelistic events for churches. Using the most recent statistics available, Wooley said nearly 3 million people participated in VBS at a local church in 2014. Approximately 80,000 children made professions of faith during those weeks and more than 1 million unchurched individuals were identified as a result.