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Summary: No! The world does not need more, real men of genius. What the world needs now and has always needed is, Real Men of Faith.

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MODERN FAMILY GOD’S WAY 3 – REAL MEN OF FAITH

Text: Luke 1:8-17

Introduction:

1. A major advertising company came up with a very successful humorous campaign dubbed, “Real Men of Genius.”

2. One example was the add dubbed “Mr. Buffet Inventor.”

Real Men of Genius

Today we salute you, Mr. All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Inventor.

You've given us the real American dream: a tray, fifteen feet of food, and a little sign that says, "Go nuts buddy!"

(Pinch me, I'm dreamin'!)

Pushing side-dish innovation to its limits, you offer creamed-everything, and 400 flavors of gelatin.

(Feedin' frenzy!)

If there's beef, you'll chip it. If there's chicken, you'll fry it. And if there's gravy, well then everything's going to be o.k.

You know the way to a man's heart.and a few hundred tasty ways to challenge it.

(Mr. All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Inventor)

3. There are real men of genius in the world. But I believe that what the world needs is not more men of geniuses

4. Men of Genius started:

1) The Civil War.

2) World War I

3) World War II

5. Stalin was a man of Genius who killed and enslaved in the frozen labor camps of Siberia tens of millions of his own citizens.

6. Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot and many more epitomized the term, “evil genius.”

7. No! The world does not need more, real men of genius.

8. What the world needs now and has always needed is, Real Men of Faith.

Discussion:

I. The world has always needed Real Men of faith.

A. Not long after the creation of mankind people became incredibly corrupt

B. It began with the men.

Genesis 6:1-3 1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”

Genesis 6:5-7 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

Genesis 6:8 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

C. Man had messed it up and God called for a man to step up and fix it: to lead his family to deliverance and save the world.

D. But why did Noah find favor in the eyes of the lord?

E. Was it because he was a man of great strength and courage: able to wield an axe, manage a mallet and a chisel to build a giant boat?

F. NO! Noah found grace because he was a real man of faith

Hebrews 11:7 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

G. How do we know he was a real man of faith?

H. Because he trusted God enough to do what he said?

II. Other real men of faith

A. Abraham

Hebrews 11:8-9 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.

B. Joshua

1.

Joshua 24:14-15 14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

C. This was a real man of faith who stood up and assumed the spiritual leadership of his home.

D. If God were to seek someone to build an ark today, he would probably have to find a Mrs. Noah because today the men are sitting at home reading the paper, watching TV, fishing or golfing, while momma takes the children to church, and it’s not working.

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