Saving the world like Superman or rescuing the weak like Spider-Man resonates with us. But we don't have superpowers. So, what does it look like to be a true hero?
Heroes 2017, Part 1: Unlikely People - Message by Clay Scroggins
Faster than an speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! There’s something about hero blockbusters in the summertime. We can’t get enough of them. Saving the world and rescuing the weak resonates with us. But what does it look like to truly be a hero? Maybe we need a new definition of what it means to be a hero.
"Heroes see what everyone else sees but are not content to do what everyone else does." —Clay Scroggins
God is inviting you to be a hero. You don’t need the position. You don’t need the power. You don’t need the skills. If God isn’t concerned with what you can’t do, why should you be concerned? Your heavenly Father will be with you. That’s all you need to be a hero. Your most heroic asset is your weakness because it sets the stage for God’s strength.
Scripture: Exodus 3:12a — And God said, “I will be with you.”
Heroes 2017, Part 2: All-Access Pass - Message by Andy Stanley
A hero is someone that saves the day. If you believe Hollywood, a hero is someone that saves the planet. That makes heroism seem inaccessible to most of us. But with a single question, Jesus made hero status available to us all. He also took away our excuses for not accessing our heroic potential. Maybe we really can be heroes.
"Jesus redefined NEIGHBOR for everybody in every nation in every generation." —Andy Stanley
A hero does what needs to be done. When a hero sees a need that he or she can meet, the hero tries to meet it. When it’s obvious what needs to be done, the hero does it. Heroes are helpers. Heroes come through. You can be a hero if you meet a need when you see one. You can be a hero if you know the price and pay it. You can be a hero if you don’t talk yourself out of doing what needs to be done.
"When you see a need, meet it. When you can pay the price, pay it. Don't talk yourself out of it." —Andy Stanley
Scripture: Luke 10:36–37 — “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Heroes 2017, Part 3: Kryptonite - Message by Evan McLaughlin
“Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s Superman!” A hero sees what everyone sees, but is not content to do what everyone does. A hero saves the day. Even though that may sound lofty and unattainable, hero status is accessible to all of us. But just like Superman is vulnerable to Kryptonite, there’s a common weakness we must overcome if we’re going to be heroes.
"Our current fear is rooted in our inability to predict our future." —Evan McLaughlin
Fear is the Kryptonite that keeps us from being the heroes we were called to be. Take courage. Trust Jesus. Don’t let your fear of stepping out lead to missing out. Who you trust is greater than what you fear.
"WHO you trust is greater than WHAT you fear." —Evan McLaughlin
Scripture: Matthew 14:26–27 — “When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Heroes 2017, Part 4: Losing Is The New Winning - Message by Rodney Anderson
A hero sees what everyone sees, but is not content to do what everyone does. A hero doesn’t let his or her fear stand in the way of saving the day. One of the things we most admire about heroes is their willingness to sacrifice on behalf of others. But that’s also one of the biggest things that gets in the way of us seizing opportunities to be heroes.
"Human concerns tend to be short-term. They sacrifice what we want for what we want right now." —Rodney Anderson
We love stories of sacrifice . . . as long as those stories are about someone else. We admire heroes who are willing to give something up in order to save the day for someone else. But the thought of making that kind of sacrifice ourselves is scary. Trust that what Jesus said and did is true. Trust it in every area of your life. Take up your cross every day and in every relationship and trust him.
Scripture: Matthew 16:25 — “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
Heroes 2017, Part 5: Just Be You - Message by Danielle Strickland
A hero sees what everyone sees, but is not content to do what everyone does. Nobody ever feels like a hero. But what separates heroes from the rest of us is choice. Heroes don’t accept the status quo. Heroes take action . . . even when the problem is too big for one person to solve. Heroes leverage what they have and who they are on behalf of other people.
"Heroes are people who use what they have and who they are for others." —Danielle Strickland
Too often, we try to be heroes by trying to be someone we’re not. But God doesn’t want you to be Superman or Wonder Woman. He wants you to be you. He wants to make the most of the gifts, talents, and passions he’s given you. And if you allow him to work through you, you’ll become someone’s hero.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7 — “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”