Summary: This is the 3rd sermon in the series "Super Heroes Of The Faith".
Series: Super Heroes Of The Faith [#3]
GOD’S CAPED CRUSADER
There is 52 white keys and 36 black keys, equaling 88 keys on a piano. As I play this note, middle “C”, can someone tell me what song this is? If you did actually guess the song, it would have just been luck; because it is very hard to know a song by the repetition of 1 note. When a musical composer begins to write a song, they generally begin by writing a melody line. See if you can tell this song by its melody line. (Play the melody line to “How Great Thou Art”). “What song is this?” Yes, it is “How Great Thou Art”. Once a composer has the melody line they then write chords in. (Begin playing the chorus to “How Great Thou Art” using chords and arpeggios.) “Now you can begin to hear all of these different notes form a beautiful song; but what really draws me to a song in a way that the song becomes a part of me is through the words.” (Sing 1st verse.) “What even enhances a song even more is when a vocal harmony is added.” (Sing chorus with Chris on lead and Shawn on harmony.) “Join Chris and I in the chorus of “How Great Thou Art” and sing as a prayer to God.”
Every Super Hero we know has had to find out who they are and make some choices. Batman, had to choose whether to be rich and famous or fight crime. He had to look at the “big picture” and see what was really important. This morning, we are going to look at “God’s Caped Crusader”. Let us ask ourselves 4 important questions that every Christian needs to ask.
Question #1: Who am I?
Hebrews 11:24 (NIV)
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.”
Have you ever wondered why God put you here. Most of us have a good “Church” answer; but don’t you wonder sometimes about what God had in mind when He created you?
Jeremiah 20:18 (TEV)
“Why was I born? Was it only to have trouble and sorrow, to end my life in disgrace?”
Many of us live from day to day, hour to hour just like that- just surviving. We get up, go to work, go home, go to bed, and do it again; until finally we die. How depressing! None of us will ever be “Super Heroes of the faith” with that philosophy on life.
Proverbs 16:4a (GW)
“The Lord has made everything for his own purpose.”
Ephesians 1:4 (MSG)
“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, and settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.”
God has a purpose and a plan for our lives. The 1st thing we must do to find out that purpose is become part of His family. That only happens through salvation.
Ephesians 1:11 (MSG)
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for... part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
Once we are saved, we no longer belong to ourselves but to God. We have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ and God would not pay that high of a price just to let you waste away. As God shapes you into who you are supposed to be, you must…
Answer #1: Be yourself!
As Moses did, you must refuse to be anyone other than who God called you to be. Stop trying to imitate what you think is great and trust God to do great things through you.
Question #2: What are my choices?
Hebrews 11:25 (NIV)
“He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.”
As we allow God to grow us, we are going to have to make choices. We can really sum up any situation into 2 choices: The right choice or the wrong choice. How simple, but true. The right choice is always choosing God’s ways and the wrong choice (sin) is always choosing Satan’s ways.
Although enjoying the pleasures of sin would have been easier, Moses chose to be obedient to God. Sin is fun for a while. If sin wasn’t fun, no one would be tempted by it. Anytime we have to choose, it would be easier to choose sin; but if we are going to grow into “Super Heroes of the faith”, then we must…
Answer #2: Be responsible.
As God’s children, we must stop making excuses and remember that through Christ we will survive these challenging times in our lives.