Summary: This fun sermon series uses comic-book heroes as modern-day parables, uncovering hidden spiritual messages in the stories of superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Spider-man. Most of these sermons are expository, alliterated and have PowerPoint!

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Holy Heroes: Superman

Scott Bayles, pastor

Blooming Grove Christian Church: 9/29/2013

Most of you have probably figured out by now that I’m a really big geek.

I wear that name like a badge of honor because I’ve earned it. I started collecting comic-books almost as soon as I could read. Wednesdays were my favorite day of the week because that was new comic-book day. Each week I would ride my bike to the comic-book store in the Piggly-Wiggle strip plaza to see what new comics had come out. And even before that I spent countless Saturday mornings laying belly-down on the carpet of our living watching the Super Friends and other Hanna-Barbera cartoons like Space Ghost and Birdman.

Today my comic-book collection numbers somewhere in the thousands and about six years ago I took my geekiness to whole new level. At the time, we were living just a few minutes away from Metropolis, IL—the official home of Superman—and each year, Metropolis holds their Annual Superman Celebration the second week of June. Well that year they announced that they were going to have a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as Superman.

Now, I had never in my adult life worn spandex and the last time I wore a superhero costume it came with one of those cheap plastic masks.

• Next Slide: Old Halloween Photo

Remember the rubber band on the back of those masks? That was a quality item! That was good for about ten seconds before it snapped out of that little staple they put in there with. I actually remember a warning label on the side of the package it that said: “Caution: Do not attempt to fly.” I’d like to meet the kid who’s innocent enough to think he can fly, but smart enough to check the warning label before he jumps off the roof.

Anyway, I thought, it would be really cool for my son and I to have our names in the Guinness World Record Book! I had a little sewing experience growing up, so I bought some fabric, tore apart a pair of long-johns to get a pattern and I sewed myself a supersuit. It was pretty sad looking.

• Next Slide: First Superman Costume

The iron-on symbol started to bleed and run in the 90 degree heat and I was in no condition to be wearing spandex, but I did it anyway and our names were immortalized in the 2008 Guinness World Record Book. The kids had a great time and I was determined to prove I could make a better looking costume, so six years and dozens of costumes later, Ashley and I have actually turned our geekiness into a ministry.

Next Slide: Costumers for Christ Pics

We’ve visited sick and injured kids at Saint John’s Children’s Hospital, attended charity events, fundraisers and given away hundreds of copies of a comic-book adaptation of the Gospel all while dressed as caped crusaders. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard the theme for this year’s Halloween Parade in Carlinville is Superhero Celebration and Blooming Grove is going to have float!

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