I Need a Hero – Old Testament Characters That Teach Us New Testament Truths (Part 7) Saul, a man who stood up head and shoulders above them all (1 Sam.9:2)
Theme: Discovering that what we see isn’t always what we get
Introduction: No man in the Bible had so many chances to make his life a success and missed every one of them. But, Saul not only missed opportunities, he deliberately abused them. Saul may have stood up head and shoulders above them all. But his life is a testimony of how low pride, egotism and the abuse of power can bring a person. May we learn the from this Old Testament hero’s life, the New Testament truth, “Pride always precedes a fall.” Saul’s story all begins with
Both James and Peter write “God resists the proud…” (Js. 4:6; 1 Pe. 5:5) And the bottom line is, this hero would tell us today, “Take my hand and I’ll show you a spirit of pride will only serve to stink up your life and drive you farther and farther from God! Learn from me so it won’t happen to you.”
I Need a Hero – Old Testament CharactersThat Teach Us New Testament Truths (Part 6) Samson, a man who stood up to fall (Judges 16:30)
“…Thus he killed more when he died than while he lived”
Theme: Discovering the tragedy of getting off track with God
Introduction: We come today to one of the most famous stories in the Bible, the story of Samson, a man of incredible strength.
Samson would become famous! But unfortunately, he would become famous for: Being bold before men, but weak before woman. Being empowered by the Spirit of God, but yielding to the appetites of the flesh, for fighting the Lord’s battles by day, and disobeying His commandments by night. And for having a name that means “sunny” but ending up in the darkness, blinded by the very enemy he was sent to conquer. Samson became famous for serving as the ultimate example of the tragedy that comes to people of faith who choose to continue to feed the desires of the flesh.
Conclusion: My prayer for us today is that we will learn from our hero Samson’s mistakes and not repeat them.
Because a life lived in the flesh is no life at all for people of faith!
I Need a Hero – Old Testament Characters That Teach Us New Testament Truths (Part 5) Joshua, a man who stood up with courage (Joshua1:7)
Theme: Discovering the courage to go against the flow
Introduction: Showing courage is never easy, especially when it comes to living the Christian life. For most of us it doesn’t come naturally, it must be learned. Joshua is one of the unsung heroes of the Old Testament, a man noted for his courage. Joshua, perhaps more than any other Old Testament person, exemplifies for us the positive ways to live a victorious Christian life….
Through a careful look at the lessons of his life we will see how Joshua learned to be a man who stood up with courage, and how we too can learn to be a person who stands up with courage as well.
I Need a Hero – Old Testament Characters That Teach Us New Testament Truths (Part 4) Moses, a man who stood up to crisis (Ex. 3:10)
Theme: Discovering how to walk through crisis with God
Introduction: On any of the list of the world’s greatest men, Moses would have to be included. The Old Testament describes him as a heroic leader and a real man of God who brought the people of Israel out of bondage and into a special relationship with God. His story can be found starting in Exodus 1 through Deuteronomy 34. He is accredited with being the author of the first five books of the Bible, two recorded songs and a Psalm. He is noted as a man who stood up to crisis. Because we face many of the same crisis Moses did in our own lives, he is our hero today. We can learn from his model how we too can be people who can stand up to crisis in our lives.
Conclusion: With Moses as our hero and a great model, we can see how we too must stand up to those times of crisis in our own lives.
I Need a Hero! Old Testament Characters That Teach Us New Testament Truths (Part 3) Joseph, a man who stood up with integrity (Gen. 37-50)
Theme: Discovering how honoring God allows God to honor us
Introduction: Our hero today is Joseph, one of the most outstanding men of the Bible. Beginning with his birth in Gen.30:24 and extending the next 20 chapters to Gen.50, it would take more time than what we have today to cover every detail of his life. So, rather than look at every detail, today, I just want us to see some principles from Joseph’s life and example that will help us stand up and be people of integrity. We’ll break his life down into four stages beginning with,
Let Joseph be your hero today! Let his story be one that helps transform us into people living with integrity, and honoring God in our character and conduct (no matter what life throws at us).
I Need a Hero! Old Testament Characters that teach us New Testament Truths (Part 2) Jacob, a man who stood up in spite of his past (Gen. 25:24 -26)
Theme: Discovering the difference God can make between who we were and who we can become
Introduction: Jacob was a man of great gifts and glaring faults. By examining the example and life of Jacob, we can see, despite our present faults and past failures, God can still bless and use usListening Guide I Need a Hero – Old Testament Characters that teach us New Testament Truths (Part 3) Joseph, a man who stood up with integrity
Conclusion: Jacob is our hero today because he serves as a testimony to us – If we’ll stand up to our past, God will change our future!
I Need a Hero! – Old Testament Characters that teach us New Testament Truths (Part 1) Isaac, a man who stood up to pressure (Gen. 21:3)
Theme: Discovering biblical principles for dealing with the pressures of life
Introduction: Today we meet the first of a series of Old Testament characters that will teach us New Testament truths. An honest look at the life and experiences, of “Isaac,” a man whose name means “laughter,” but whose life shows him to be a man under constant pressure, will help teach us how to successfully deal with the pressures of our own lives. We begin with a look at,
Conclusion: There is a tendency for us as Bible readers to place biblical characters on pedestals. But this only serves to destroy the truth that God is trying to convey in the recording of His dealings with people. By looking at Isaac’s experiences we have seen how he endured and stood up to many of the same everyday pressures that we encounter. We can also see how his good character traits, holiness, successes and spiritual victories can be ours as well if we too will stand up to our life’s pressures with the presence and power of God as our personal strength.
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