By Aaron Wilson
In summer 2023 kids will pass go and collect truth about Jesus in “Twists & Turns.” Lifeway Christian Resources’ 2023 Vacation Bible School theme celebrates games of all kinds, from classic tabletop favorites to video games and more.

With “Twists & Turns,” kids will play their way through VBS while learning that Jesus guides them through the ups, downs and zigzags of life. Most importantly, kids will encounter the gospel and learn that sin’s message of “game over” is overcome through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

“Games are the universal love language of kids, and God made children to learn best through play,” said Melita Thomas, VBS and kids’ ministry specialist for Lifeway.

The biblical lessons in “Twists & Turns” flow from the motto “Following Jesus changes the game” and the theme verse, Psalm 25:4: “Make your ways known to me, LORD; teach me your paths” (CSB). The weekly outline includes the following daily focus points and Bible stories centered around Jesus and the life of Peter.

Day 1: Jesus is holy.
Bible story: Peter followed Jesus.

Day 2: Jesus is trustworthy.
Bible story: Peter walked to Jesus on the water.

Day 3: Jesus is forgiving.
Bible story: Peter denied Jesus and was restored.

Day 4: Jesus is worth following.
Bible story: Peter spoke boldly about Jesus.

Day 5: Jesus is for everyone.
Bible story: Peter told Cornelius about Jesus.

“Kids will discover it’s not all smooth sailing in the game of life—even after becoming a Christian,” said Thomas. “When we trust Jesus as Savior and Lord, He changes our trajectory. When we follow Him, He leads us down the right paths. And when we mess up, He’s ready to forgive us and get us back on track.”

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Aaron Wilson is a writer for Lifeway Christian Resources.