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Summary: A leader should be a hero. Best sermon on what a hero/leader is like.

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A Leader Is A Hero

HERO Def:

1 a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability

b : an illustrious warrior c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities d : one that shows great courage

2 a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement

Kids

Kids are the best examples of heroes. Kids believe they can fight anyone and win. It doesn’t matter how big or small the advisary. Kids are helpful around the house (remember when your child first discovered the vacume cleaner and wanted to be mom’s little helper). Kids will perform at talent shows (sing: TOMMORROW from Annie).

Adults

· Fearful

· Self-centered

· Prideful

Characteristics of a Hero

1. Selflessness

2. Brave

3. Fights for what is right

4. Anonymous

Jesus - Selflessness

Illustration

A mother of a 9-year-old boy named Mark received a phone call from his teacher in the middle of the afternoon. Marks teacher said Mrs. Smith; your son did something that surprised me so much that I thought you should know about it."

The mother was uneasy and nervous by such a beginning to a phone call. The teacher continued, I have been teaching a long time and nothing like this has happened. This morning I was teaching a lesson on creative writing. And as I always do, I tell the story of the ant and the grasshopper.

The ant works hard all summer and stores up plenty of food. But the grasshopper plays all summer and does no work. Then winter comes. The grasshopper begins to starve because he has no food. So he hops to the ant’s house and begins to beg. ’Please Mr. Ant, you have so much food please let me eat, too.’ Then I challenge them to write an ending to the story.

As in all the years past, most of the students said that the ant shared his food through the winter and both the ant and the grasshopper lived. A few children said, "No, Mr. Grasshopper. You should have worked in the summer and not played. Now, I have just enough food for myself." So the ant lived and the grasshopper died.

But your son ended the story in a different way. He wrote, "So the ant gave all of his food to the grasshopper and the ant died.” Your son Mark had drawn three crosses at the bottom of the page. Under the crosses he had written, "Jesus died so we could live."

Application

Jesus is the best example of a selfless hero…he died so that we might live

David – Brave

Goliath

1 Sam 17

A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet [1] tall. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing 125 pounds [2] ; 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed 15 pounds. [3] His shield bearer went ahead of him.

8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us." 10 Then the Philistine said, "This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other."


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