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Summary: A 9/11 message. What does it mean to be a hero? How does God define heroes? This word is adapted from a message by Kenneth Sauer.

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To Be A Hero

* Credit to Kenneth Sauer, this is an adaptation from his notes

* Def. of a Hero - a person of great strength & courage who is regarded by others as an ideal or model

* People have many ideas of what a hero is

o Pro Athlete, Business Tycoon, etc

* The concept of hero was better defined during the tragic attacks on 9/11/01

* We began to realize there is a difference in someone who is good at something and someone who puts their life in jeopardy to save others

o Firefighters & Police

o Soldiers

o The 3 men who attacked the high-jackers

* This waking up of America and re-defining of what we call a hero, points us to the ultimate hero - Jesus

* He gave His life for more than a plane full, or a battalion, or a community - for all of mankind

Luke 9:22-26

22 saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."

* Make no mistake, Jesus suffered greatly

* Isa 53 talks in great detail about His suffering

o Despised & rejected by men

o Wounded for our transgressions

o Bruised for our iniquities

o Chastised for our peace

o By His stripes we are healed

o His visage was marred more than any man

* He died traumatic death - not by accident, not for a worthless cause, not for a family member or friend

* But for the whole world and even those who reject Him

* He is the Ultimate Hero

23 Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

* Jesus proclaims, if we want to consider ourselves a disciple, than we must become Heroes also

* Last week, we examined the ministry of Christ and why the anointing is poured out

* John 14 "He who believes... greater works."

* This week we are seeing the burden of the cross that we are called to bear

* Heb 13:13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

* To be a hero - you must bear the burden of a hero

24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

* You’ve heard it said that, "you can’t take it with you"

* But I would say to you that you have to let it go now

* Let what go? - everything

* To be a hero - your focus must be on the objective, not on personal comfort or gain

* Our objective is the will of God

* When we allow worldly comforts to become our objective - we are losers

* But when we give up our lives, He gives us so much more than we ever expect or think (exceedingly, abundantly)

* ...in this life and even more in the next

* Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

* 2 Cor 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

* What does it all mean?

* When it’s all said and done; was the pursuit of creature comforts worth it?


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