Includes 2 children's sermons!
Halloween – We Know the Real Story about Death
Use this Halloween children’s sermon to show kids the difference between believing in ghosts and zombies and believing in the Resurrection.
Scripture: Matthew 27:51-53
Children’s Sermon: Ask, Who knows what holiday is coming up this week? (Halloween!)
Right. Halloween is this week. Are you any of you dressing up for Halloween? What are you going to be?
Did you know that some people like to make Halloween scary? They might dress up like a ghost (show your picture of a ghost) or a zombie (show your picture of a zombie). Now, we don’t believe in things like that, but there are a few stories about people coming back from the dead that we do believe.
One of them happened after Jesus died and rose from the dead.
(Read Matthew 27:51-53.)
“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
What did that story say about dead people coming back to life?
It said that after Jesus rose from the dead, the bodies of many holy people who had died came out of the tombs and were walking around the city for people to see them!
Do you think it would be scary to see a dead person walking around on the street?
It would be scary to see them if they were a ghost or a zombie or something, but these people weren’t scary like that. They were people that came back to life and were healthy and normal. When God brings someone back to life, they’re perfect again. They’re healed!
And did you know that the same thing will happen to us one day? When we die, our souls will go to be with Jesus, but when He comes back, He’ll bring our bodies back to life too. We’ll be perfect and healthy, and we’ll never die again because Jesus will make us to live with Him forever.
Halloween isn’t scary for Christians because we know what it will really be like when Jesus brings us back to life.
Closing Prayer: Lord, We thank You for making our bodies when we were born. And we thank You that You will make our bodies perfect and whole again when Jesus comes back. Help us to be excited for that day when we live forever with You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
All Saint’s Day – Following in the Footsteps of the Faithful
Use this All Saint’s Day children’s sermon to inspire kids to remember the examples of Christians who die before us.
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Needed: a picture of a Christian family member or friend who died (if none come to mind, find a picture depicting a favorite person from the Bible or historical Christian)
Children’s Sermon: Ask, Do any of you know anyone who believed in Jesus that died? Who was it?
(Show your picture and talk briefly about the Christian who died.)
There are lots and lots of lots of Christians who have died. And they’re all in Heaven right now. The Bible talks about some of the people who believed in God and died in Hebrews 11. And right after that, it says…
(Read Hebrews 12:1-2.)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith.”
The Bible says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. All the Christians who died are watching us. They’re looking to see what we will do, and they’re cheering us on as we try to live for Jesus. They know that if we believe in Jesus our whole life, we’ll be like them someday. We’ll die and go to Heaven too. Then, we’ll watch other people just like they’re watching us.
We celebrate the holiday of All Saints Day today because we want to remember the example of Christians who died before us. We want to think about all the good things they did and how they lived for Jesus so that we can live for Jesus too. We follow their example so that we can be like them and go to Heaven one day. That’s what All Saints Day is all about.
Closing Prayer: Father, we thank You for loving and working through the lives of all the Christians who died before us. We pray that You’ll help us to be like them so that one day, we can die and go to Heaven to be with You and all the other Christians who have gone before us. In Jesus’ name, amen.
ThePumpkin Patch Parable – an illustrated storybook. The application will be easy to point out during your children’s sermon as you read about how the farmer transforms his pumpkin.
Creative Bible Study – a free object lesson involving a pumpkin to show that Christ’s light shines through us, just like the light of a candle shines out from a Jack-O-Lantern
All Saints Day object lesson – a free lesson that compares a family photo album to the Bible, pointing out that just as we follow in the footsteps of our family members who went before us, so we should follow in the footsteps of our ancestors in the faith
Both of these children's sermons are included in my book, Holy Days: Children's Sermons for the Holidays.
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