Crossroads: Remembering the Saints

Luke 6:20-31

Your Story

Talk about someone who was an important part of your faith who has passed away. Alternatively, you can talk about someone in your family who had strong faith, or someone in your church or throughout history whose faith you admired.

My Story and the Bible Story

On All Saints’ Day, we remember the important people in our faith. We remember people like Abraham and Moses. We remember David. We remember Peter and the disciples. We remember Paul. We remember the people who died for being a Christian. We remember Martin Luther, who led the Protestant Reformation. We remember Mother Teresa, how much she loved and cared for the poor. We remember these important people, but we also remember people whom the world may not know but who have been important in our faith journeys. We remember people who began our churches, perhaps long ago. We remember family members who taught us about faith. I remember my great-grandmother and her strong faith in the face of adversity and obstacles. I remember my grandfather and how his faith got him through the Korean War, then passed that faith on to us. I remember my great-uncle and how much he loved God and the church. We remember people who believed and who are now with God in heaven, and we also think about the way they lived. They lived to serve others. They followed the way that Jesus told us to live.

Read Luke 6:20-31.

The NIV version of verse 31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” On All Saints’ Day, we remember people of faith. They all lived by this verse. They lived knowing how God wanted them to treat others, even when others did not treat them the same way. Jesus reminds us that what the world thinks is wrong: when you have everything, that doesn’t mean you are blessed. When you have God, you are blessed even when everything has fallen apart. We may have all the stuff in the world and not be happy if we don’t have God. We are to give God away to others too. God wants us to live a life that shows others God’s love. Jesus tells us to love our enemies and pray for them. He tells us to be generous with others and to do what we want others to do for us. When we do this, we share God with them. We are blessed. All the saints, both those who are well known and those who are only important to us, knew that. Let us live as they did, sharing God with those around us.

Discussion and Prayer

1. As a family, spend a few minutes finding information about some of the saints of the church. Talk about the ways they served God. Then talk about some of the people in your own lives who serve God. 2. Talk about ways you each can be more like these saints. What are some ways you can serve God together?
3. Talk about ways that you can remember the “saints” of your family for All Saints’ Day.
4. Pray, thanking God for these people of faith and the people who have been important in your own faith journey. Ask God for help in being more like them.

Rev. Jessica Asbell is the Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Roswell, where she has been serving since 2012. She has written the children’s curriculum for Smyth & Helwys’s Annual Bible Study for the books of Daniel; Ezekiel; Luke; Jonah; 1 Corinthians; 1, 2, 3 John and Jude; Colossians; The Story of Israel’s Ancestors: Living toward a Promise; and Where Faith & Family Meet: A Book of Weekly Devotions. She has also written for CBF’s Spark and Form and for Affect in CBF’s fellowship! magazine. Married to Jonathan Oravec, Jessica reads every chance she gets.

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