VBS Curriculum: DANIEL
This VBS curriculum is based on the Old Testament book of Daniel. The theme teaches children how to live with courage in uncertain times. It was designed as a camp curriculum for children 8-12 years of age. Can also serve as a 5-week Sunday morning children’s ministry teaching series.
Day One: Courage to Be You
Day Two: Courage to Stand Out
Day Three: Courage to Speak Out
Day Four: Courage to Trust God
Day Five: Courage to Live for Something Bigger
- 5-Daily Lessons with Leader Guides
- Craft Ideas & Activity Sheets
- Logo & Graphic Files
- PowerPoint Backgrounds & Template
- 5-Minute HD Countdown Video
- Music Playlist
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Summary: The book of Daniel provides a historical account of how the Lord God protected and provided for His faithful followers while in captivity. It gives children a bold picture of what it looks like to remain devoted to God under adverse cultural circumstances, social persecution, and uncertain times. It encourages them that they can have great courage (anywhere) to be who God made them to be because God is always with us (everywhere). The book of Daniel also includes a vision of future redemption and the everlasting Kingdom of God reigning over all kingdoms of this world.
In chapters 1-6, Daniel writes about his own life in captivity. He was selected to work for the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel (or his Babylonian name Belteshazzar), and his friends made bold and tough decisions and several times displayed their integrity to stand for Godliness instead of culture. They rejecting the king’s food, prayed when it was illegal to do so, and refused to bow to the king’s idol, for which they were thrown into a scorching furnace. Daniel interpreted the king’s dreams twice then was promoted as chief over all the wise men in Babylon. Yet, through all the great things that Daniel did He claimed it was God that did it through him and he gave all the glory to God, “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him” (2:22).
Chapters 7-12 contain the visions that Daniel received from God and the events that are involved in his prophetic ministry. A portion of these includes the results of the earthly kingdoms that he lived in. They also mention the coming Messiah and the apocalyptic events to come. “As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time” (12:8-9).
Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. (Daniel 6:3 ESV)