To the Glory of God: Who Will You Hallow this Halloween Season?

Halloween is a great time for you to disciple your kids about why you do what you do as Christians. This lesson is a conversation guide that teaches how everything in our lives should be to glorify God. Ultimately, it’s not about Halloween, it’s about who we hallow. May our every breath be to the Glory of God!

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To the Glory of God: Who Will You Hallow this Halloween Season?

 

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Word

What Does The Bible Say?

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

1st Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (ESV)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:
1 Corinthians 10:31, “…Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

  • Whatever we do must bring God glory.
  • To “hallow” means to bring honor or glory to someone or something.

Welcome

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

What holiday is in this season? That’s right – Halloween! We see all the decorations, candy displays and costumes. In our culture, it seems like everybody celebrates Halloween!

However, just because “everybody” celebrates it doesn’t mean that we do. As Christians, it is important that we put everything through the test of our relationship in God. The Bible says, in 1st Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

“Whatever you do” includes whatever you doand this includes what we do at Halloween.

To “hallow” means to give honor or glory. How our family interacts with Halloween or any other holiday must be based on whether we can “hallow” God through it. His glory and honor must always be first in our lives. So, what is our family going to do at Halloween?

Amongst Christian families, there are many different answers to this question. Some families believe that it’s fine to put on costumes and ask neighbors for candy. Other Christian families will not mention Halloween, much less go trick-or-treating. There are Christians who use scary decorations while still other Christians will only carve pumpkins.

All these people say they have faith in Jesus, but they participate in this holiday very differently.

What about our family?

We are going to do what we do based on God’s Word. But, here’s the thing:  the Bible does not mention Halloween. There is not an explicit command about Halloween, so we must look for the principles of Scripture to guide our decisions about it.

Back in Bible times, there was a big controversy about, not Halloween candy, but meat. The problem, in a city called Corinth, was that most of the meat for sale was from animals that had been sacrificed to idols. Christians would eat for dinner at night what had just been offered to an idol that morning.

This caused huge controversy (or, argument!) amongst the early Christians as they wrestled with how to live out their faith in a pagan culture (or, a culture that didn’t believe in the Lord our God). What to do? To eat meat or not to eat meat? To participate in what society did or to avoid it altogether?

The Apostle Paul found himself in the middle of this problem with those Christians. They looked to him to figure out what to do, and Paul told them that meat (or, in our case, trick-or-treat candy) was not the issue. The issue, he taught, was about God’s glory. Paul told them these words that are our verse for this week: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31).

That principle is true for us, too. No matter what we do or where we go as a family, we want to bring glory to God. The question this season is, can we celebrate Halloween in such a way that we hallow God?  

We will talk more about this, but, for right now, let’s start by memorizing our verse to help guide us in how we think:

This week’s verse:

1 Corinthians 10:31 –  “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” – I Corinthians 10:31(ESV)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:
1 Corinthians 10:31 – “…Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” – I Corinthians 10:31

This is such a great verse for every area of our lives. I’m proud of you kids for memorizing it with me!

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

– What does the word “hallow” mean? (to honor or revere as holy)

– How does God want us to live our lives? (for His glory and honor in all things…)

– Can we glorify God through trick-or-treating? Why or why not? (let your kids honestly answer… give them time to think and explain their answers)

– Do any parts of Halloween feel wrong or disturbing to you? How? Why?

– What principle did the Apostle Paul give the early Christians during their controversy about eating meat offered to idols?

– What do we do as Christians when Scripture does not specifically address something, like Halloween? (we look for the principles of Scripture to guide us.)

How do you think God would want us to give Him glory right now?

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

Old Testament:  The psalmist David wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). Every time the sun rises or sets, every time the moon glows or stars go shooting across the sky, creation is singing praises to God. The heavens give God glory, and our lives can, too! Just a couple verses before Psalm 19:1, the psalmist wrote, “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing to your name” (Psalm 18:49). Our lives and voices can light up the world with God’s glory when everything we do honors Him.

New Testament:  We can honor God through the way we pray, too! The closest word to “Halloween” in the Bible is actually found in the Lord’s Prayer! Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10). To “hallow” someone is to glorify that person as holy or sacred. As believers in Jesus, we can “hallow” God through how we pray, what we celebrate, how we celebrate, and why we do so.

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

The Bible tells us, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1st Corinthians 6:19b-20). Jesus paid the price and gave His life for us, so that we can have life in Him! He did not have to do this for us, but He chose to suffer and die because He loves us so much! Now everything that flows out of our hearts and lives ought to be gratitude and glory to Him. This affects every aspect of our lives: what we eat and drink, what we say and think, where we go and how we celebrate. This is who we are as a family.

So this week, and every week, we want to remember who we hallow and why. How can we “hallow” God with our bodies today?

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Praise and Prayer:   Lord God, You are holy. We love You very much, and we want our lives to glorify You. Lord, please guide our family in all areas of our lives, including holidays and other events in our culture. Help us to live by the light of Your Word in everything we do, so that, in whatever we do, we bring You glory. Amen!

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Your Children…

Oh Lord God, You are worthy of all our honor and praise. May this child of mine live to glorify You, in everything, today and everyday, in Your Name Jesus, Amen!

Oh Lord God, You are worthy of all our honor and praise. May this child of mine live to glorify You, in everything, today and everyday, in Your Name Jesus, Amen!

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