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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.
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.”
How would you define “hero”? Who is one person that helped shape your definition?
During the message, Clay said, “Heroes see what everyone else sees, but they choose to do what no one else does.” Do you agree with that statement? Why or why not?
Read Exodus 3:7. Is it difficult for you to believe that God sees your suffering? Why or why not?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you know your strengths? How well do you know your weaknesses? Do you believe your weakness provides a stage for God to demonstrate his strength? Why or why not?
Talk about a time when you were weak and had to rely on God’s strength. What happened?
During the message, Clay said, “God has unlikely responses to our likely reasons [that we can’t be heroes].” Are you currently resisting an opportunity God has placed in front of you? If so, what would it take for you to submit to his will and rely on his strength?
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.
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.
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.”
Talk about a time when someone saved the day for you. How did you respond?
Have you ever passed up the opportunity to be a hero for someone else? If you could go back, what, if anything, would you do differently?
Before Andy’s message, how familiar were you with the parable of the Good Samaritan? In what ways did the message change your perspective on the story?
Read Luke 10:25–37. What group of people do you find it difficult to treat like neighbors? What would it look like to for you to “go and do likewise” for those people?
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus asserts that we love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength by loving strangers as we love ourselves. In what ways does that challenge the way you currently approach your relationship with God?
Is there a person in your life right now for whom you can meet a need, pay the price, or do what needs to be done? If so, what stands in the way of you taking action? What can you do to be a hero?
“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.
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.
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.”
Do you have any major phobias? If so, what are they?
Talk about a time when you had to overcome fear in order to accomplish a goal. What did you do to overcome your fear?
How have your past experiences with fear shaped how you experience fear now? On a scale of 1 to 10, how much does fear prevent you from “saving the day.”
Read Matthew 14:24–31. Have you ever taken a bold step only to lose faith once you were “out of the boat”? If so, what happened?
During the message, Evan said, “Our current fear is rooted in our inability to predict our future.” What unpredictable future is making you fearful right now? Is it difficult for you to believe that trusting Jesus might help you overcome that fear? Why or why not?
What is fear preventing you from doing? What can you do this week to take courage and trust Jesus?
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.
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.”
What was the last heroic thing you did? What moved you to take action and save the day?
Talk about a time when someone gave up part of his or her life for your life. In what ways did that person shape your definition of what it means to be a hero?
Think back on the heroic thing you talked about in the first question. What did you have to give up in order to save the day?
Read Matthew 16:24–26. What have you sacrificed in order to follow Jesus? Has the benefit been worth the sacrifice? Why or why not?
During the message, Rodney said, “Human concerns tend to be short-term. They sacrifice what we want for what we want right now.” What do you want right now that is getting in the way of something you really want? What are some things that get in the way of you sacrificing that “right now” want?
What do you want to save—your marriage, your finances, your future, a relationship? What will you sacrifice in order to save it?
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.
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.”
Talk about a time when someone’s small act of kindness was heroic in your life. What did that person’s kindness do for you?
During the message, Danielle quoted Mother Teresa: “Poverty exists in the world because God’s children refuse to share.” Do you think that statement is too simplistic? Why or why not?
Read Luke 9:10–17. Have you ever had the opportunity to meet someone else’s need, but had to rely on God to do so? If so, what happened?
Is there a big problem in the world you feel passionate about solving? What gets in the way of you taking action?
During the message, Danielle said, “In the Scriptures, ‘neighbor’ trumps ‘professional’ every time.” Is it difficult for you to believe that being a good neighbor can be heroic? Why or why not?
For whom do you currently have an opportunity be a hero? What can you do? What should you do? What will you do?