Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Superhero

The Bible is full heroes. Moses was a hero to Joshua, Elijah was hero to Elisha, Paul was a hero to Timothy,  and David was hero to entire nation. But there is really only true superhero, and if you think about it long enough, you'll know exactly who that is. Philippians 2:8-9 tells us that God the Father was so impressed with his Son's humility, that he raised him to highest place, and made his name greater than any other name. Let's take a minute to consider some of Jesus’ superhero qualities:

  • He controlled the weather ( Matthew 8:23-27)
  • He forgave sins ( Matthew 9:1-8)
  • He multiplied stuff ( Mark 6:30-44)
  • He walked on water ( Mark 6:45-51)
  • He healed people ( Mark 6:53-56)
  • He raised the dead ( John 11:1-4)
  • He rose from the dead ( John 20:1-9)
  • He flew (Acts 1:9-11)

Now take a look at 1 Corinthians 1:1-17. Can you believe that even in the early church, people insisted on making a superhero out of someone other chapters han Jesus ? And yet , if we're not careful , many of us still do that today. It's OK to have hero's you can admire and look up to , but remember what that everyone is a sinner in need of the only true superhero. Be a follower of Jesus.

Bible Text
1 Corinthians 1:1-17

1NIV:Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2NIV:To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
3NIV:Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4NIV:I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
5NIV:For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—
6NIV:God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.
7NIV:Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
8NIV:He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9NIV:God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10NIV:I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
11NIV:My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
12NIV:What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13NIV:Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14NIV:I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15NIV:so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.
16NIV:(Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)
17NIV:For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Questions to Consider
  • Who are your heroes? Why to you admire them?
  • Why did the hero-worship of the Corinthians lead to division? Does this still happen in today's Church?

Motion Points
  • Whether there is anyone who considers you to be their hero's. How can you influence them to follow Jesus ? As the old lady in Spiderman 2 said , “ With great power comes great responsibility .”
  • Making a list of the qualities in Jesus you most admire. Ask God to produce them in you.

Hymn for Today  
According To Thy Gracious Word [ Henry F. Lyte ]

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus bide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile;
And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Amazing Fact
You have heard of the Suez Canal in Egypt and the Panama, but have you ever heard of the Corinth Track? Because Corinth was located on a small strip of land, the city built an eight-kilometre rock track across the land to roll cargo and small ships. By using this track, sailors not only had a shorter trip, but they avoid a dangerous sea journey.

Further Study
  • Proverbs 4:20-27
  • 1 Timothy 4:1-16
  • Romans 15:1-6

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