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Heroes: What Is A Hero? – Psalm 101:6, Proverbs 31:8

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What Is A Hero?

September 11, 2011

Ryan Heller

I will make the godly of the land my heroes…
Psalm 101:6 (LB)
I.              Inspires Greatness in Others by Making Bold Choices

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…
Proverbs 31:8 (NIV)
…Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.
Luke 19:26 (Msg)

II.             Stands Up for What’s Right, Even When it’s Not Popular
These are the names of the Top Three–the most heroic men in David’s army: the first was Josheb… Next in rank was Eleazar… After him was Shammah… Once during a Philistine attack, when all his men deserted him and fled, he stood alone at the center of a field of lentils and beat back the Philistines; and God gave him a great victory.
2 Samuel 23:8-12 (LB)

Do not follow the majority when they do wrong…
Exodus 23:2 (TEV)

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:2 (Msg)

III.            Sacrifices for the Benefit of Others

…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.
Matthew 20:26 (NIV)

And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.                                                                                                                                       Matthew 10:42 (NLT)

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Philippians 2:5-8 (NLT)

He does not need to offer sacrifices every day like the other high priests. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he sacrificed himself on the cross.
Hebrews 7:27 (NLT)

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:7-8 (NIV)