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)
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.
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.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Holy Days: Children’s Sermons for the Holidays.