Summary: To encourage the listner to the power and responsibility we each have as Christians.

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Lessons from SPIDER-MAN

Scripture: Isaiah 30:21 Date: 17 October 2010

Purpose: To encourage the congregation to the power and responsibility we each have as Christians.

Within the last few years or so America has gone Super hero crazy!! With movies out like The Hulk, Superman, Iron Man, The X-Men, and even cartoons out like Astro Boy, and the Incredibles, we have gone Super Hero Crazy.

I noticed on television that recently a new series has begun called “No Ordinary Family”, a series about a family with super powers. It seems everywhere we turn, we see something about super heroes.

Last week I shared with you some lessons from my all -time favorite super hero, Superman. I believe God has placed before us a message in all things and I do believe we can draw some guidance from super heroes as well.

Spiderman has been a popular super hero; there for a while it seemed that good ol’Spidey was everywhere you looked. Lunch boxes, bedding, toys, costumes, clothes, bikes, comics, and even three very successful movies.

Today I want to use each movie as a point that we can draw a lesson from today.

The Scripture that God has lead me to use today is found in the book of Isiah chapter 30 verse 21. The main theme is the Guidance of God.

Isaiah 30:21Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

SPIDER-MAN I “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

A.Peter Parker was bitten by a genetically modified spider. This event gave Peter, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student spider-like ability that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero.

1.This one event changed Peter’s life forever. He went to bed that night and awoke as a new creature.

2.This is what happened to us as well. When you accepted Jesus, your life changed from that event. You became a new creature.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

3.At that point of salvation you were given great powers.

4.When we became a Christian we ceased looking out only for ourselves. There is a power in us not only for holy living but also for helping others, and if you and I are only concentrating on one and not the other, then we are off balance and out of the will of God.

Illustration: In Spiderman 1 after Peter was bitten by the spider. He passes out in his bedroom at home, and the next day his vision is perfect, he has become more muscular, his wrists emit web strings, and his reflexes are super-quick. At school, he saves Mary Jane, the girl he has a crush on, from falling and easily defeats her boyfriend in a fistfight. Realizing that the spider's bite has given him spider-like powers, he learns how to scale walls, jump between building rooftops, and swing through the city.

Peter enters a wrestling tournament, hoping to use his new spider skills to win $3,000 so he can buy a sports car to impress Mary Jane. On the day of the tournament, his Uncle Ben tries to give him some fatherly advice, but Peter lashes out at him.

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