Summary: This is the third and final sermon from Prince Caspian...the message focuses on the arenas we must fight our battles with courage: our personal world, the public square, and with our partners in ministry.
“A Royal Courage”
Lessons from Prince Caspian
May 18, 2005
Introduction: This weekend the movie “Prince Caspian” was released and I’m sure Hollywood is thrilled with the adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ timeless Narnia book of the same title…this morning we are going to close our sermon series on Prince Caspian with a message entitled, “A Royal Courage.”
Caspian is the sequel to “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” In the first story, four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, travel through a wardrobe to the land of the great lion, Aslan. Edmund becomes a traitor and can only be redeemed by voluntary death of Aslan. So we have the death and yes the resurrection of Aslan, which reminds us of the death and resurrection of the Lion of Judah, Jesus.
The sequel, Prince Caspian, finds the same four children returning to Narnia—it’s one year later for them and 1300 years later in Narnia. They find Narnia darker and under the control of the false king Miraz and they discover that the old stories of Narnia and Aslan are forbidden. C. S. Lewis said that Prince Caspian was about “restoring the true faith” and it is up to Caspian and the four children to fight the battle against King Miraz and restore the old stories and the glory of Alsan. It requires incredible courage to face a world that has forgotten the old stories of Aslan and fight to restore His Kingdom.
Two weeks ago we began the sermon series with a message, “A Royal Identity.” We reminded ourselves as born again believers we have the right pedigree, the right primer, the right pursuits, and the right power for a prince or princes in the Kingdom. We need to realize who we are and whose we are and live for the Kingdom! Last week, we talked about “A Royal Faith.” If we are to have Kingdom faith it must be seeing, trusting, following, growing, and pleasing.
This week we are going to think about the courage required to be a prince or princess in the Kingdom of God.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This cour•age - noun
1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
2. Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion.
3. have the courage of one’s convictions, to act in accordance with one’s beliefs, esp. in spite of criticism.
—Synonyms 1. fearlessness, dauntlessness, intrepidity, pluck, spirit. COURAGE, BRAVERY, VALOR, BRAVADO refer to qualities of spirit and conduct. COURAGE permits one to face extreme dangers and difficulties without fear…
As a prince we must show courage in at least three arenas…
1. In our personal world. Philippians 1 (quickview) : 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Paul longed to have the courage to exalt Christ with his body…with his entire person. In Prince Caspian, the characters had to get right with their personal world, with Aslan, before they could effectively fight any battles. To order our personal world to honor Christ we must say yes to things to that are pleasing to Him and no to things that aren’t. It takes courage to do that. There are at least three areas in your personal world that will build your character.