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What is a Hero? Say amen when you see a
picture of a hero, and ‘boo’ when you don’t. [one-by-one
slides of Britney Spears, 9/11
firefighters, American Idol judges, our military, Paris Hilton, Lindsay
Lohan, President Bush, Jerry Falwell, Barry Bonds, Spiderman, and Wesley
Autry who is the recent NYC Subway hero.]
Mr. Autry was honored by the President during
his state of the union speech recently, and was an honorary contestant on
“Deal or No Deal” last Monday, turning down over $300k to go home with $25
[and a new Jeep!] Right after that was the season finale of NBC’s “Heroes”,
one of their only successful dramas this year, which is spinning off
“Heroes: Origins.” NBC also announced their plans to bring back the bionic
woman! But are these real heroes? What is a true hero in God’s eyes?
Read Hebrews chapter 11 on your own for
starters…it’s the “Hall of Faith”--what a great cloud of heroic witnesses
have gone before us! And truly, anyone who gives their life to God is a
hero. The same thing goes for serving your country.
Many have died that we might live.
May we never forget!
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for
those who have died in our nation’s service. It is a time in which we honor
many of our nation’s heroes.
Everyone here can be a hero…one of God’s
heroes. This morning I would like to share with you
what it takes to be a true hero, a
Christian hero. You see, a Christian
hero is not some superman, endowed with a myriad of abilities and talents.
I. Belief in God’s Word*
A. Today, many looked up to sport stars and athletes, movie stars and
musicians as heroes. They are seen, as heroes because in many ways they do
things that most of us can’t. But God’s heroes, the heroes of the Bible,
were not men and women of extraordinary ability or talent but men and women
of extraordinary faith. God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the
B. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not
many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things
which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are
despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence."
C. The heroes of the Bible all took God at His Word. Look at what it says
about Abraham in Romans 4:18-20 "Who against hope believed in hope, that he
might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken,
So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own
body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the
deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through
unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”
D. Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please him."
E. Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of
F. Certainly God can use a person of great intellect, but only as long as
his faith is even greater.
Most would say, of course I believe in God’s
Word…but how about those commands you aren’t obeying, how about that passage
you have rationalized away to not conflict with your lifestyle, and how has
your daily Bible reading habit been going? Broke the habit? So, are you
really a person of the Word? Are you truly one of God’s heroes? You should
be…you can be…now will you be?
II. Commitment to God’s Will*
A. Hebrews 11:13-14 "These all died in faith, not having received the
promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the
B. Someone said, "A hero is someone who is sincere and does his duty. He is
a man who really stands up and is counted."
C. Joshua 24:15 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you
this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that
were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose
land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
D. “It does not take great men to do great things; it only takes consecrated
men.” – Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
E. Who is a hero? He who conquers his will. - The Mishna
F. Matthew 26:39 "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and
prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."
G. The Holy Spirit chooses the nobodies of the church and makes them
somebodies when they are committed to God’s will in their lives.
H. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire for God.
I. We are to be consecrated to the will of God, to be and to do whatever he
J. Psalms 37:5 "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he
shall bring it to pass."
K. Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but
God, and I will shake the world. I care not a straw whether they be
clergymen or laymen; and such alone will overthrow the kingdom of Satan and
build up the kingdom of God on earth. -James S. Hewett.
Are you committed to God’s Will? Not only
committed to following where He leads, but where He has already led? It’s
one thing to pray about a big decision and do God’s will, but it’s another
thing to make sure you are doing what is black and white that He has already
commanded you to do! Are you one of God’s heroes? You should be…you can
be…now will you be?
III. Devotion to God’s Work*
A. James 2:18-22 "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:
show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my
works. [19 ] Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
devils also believe, and tremble. [20 ] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that
faith without works is dead? [21 ] Was not Abraham our father justified by
works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? [22 ] Seest thou
how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?"
B. I am only an average man, but I work harder at it than the average man. –
C. Heroism is faith transformed into action.
D. Matthew 23:11 "He that is greatest among you shall be your servant."
E. There is a Norwegian Proverb that says’ A hero is one who knows how to
hang on one minute longer.” In Christ’s service the heroes are those who
work until Christ says it’s time to stop.
F. Hebrews 12:1-2 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so
great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which
doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set
before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for
the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Jesus is the ultimate hero...Who gave His
life that we might live a life more abundant!
Are you one of God’s heroes? You should
be…you can be…now will you be?
[outline and several key thoughts courtesy Gerald Flury]
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