Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Super Heroes at Grace

As a kid, we all enjoyed the super heroes of our childhood. We all know about Super Man, Spider Man, Bat Man and Wonder Woman, but some of the other super heroes of my childhood you can’t even find on television anymore. You know, characters such as:

Captain America
Atom Ant
Under Dog
The Incredible Hulk
Aqua Man

But whoever our favorite super heroes were, we would spend hours watching them on television and seeing them come to life in comic books. And most all of us also found ourselves dressing up like them for Halloween or just to play make believe in the backyard as we emulated their super human powers.

Beginning this week here at Grace Church we are going to re-live our childhood love of super heroes in this new 8-week series that we are simply calling, “Super Heroes”! The series is kicking off on Mother’s Day and the first 4-weeks we will focus on “Wonder Women” as we study verse by verse through Proverbs Chapter 31. This chapter begins with the mother of King Lemuel giving some advice to her son as he takes the throne (you can read more about this in my blog entry tomorrow which I have entitled, “Meet My Kids…Barak, John and Hillary”). During the first half of this Super Heroes series we will learn many different characteristics of spiritual wonder women.

Then, the week before Father’s Day we will switch gears for the final 4-weeks of this series as we center our attention on “Super Men” as we study verse by verse through the one chapter book of Philemon. This is a story about a slave named Onesimus who steals from his master, Philemon, and runs away to Rome. While in Rome his path crosses that of the Apostle Paul who leads him to the Lord and then sends him back to his master with a letter written by the Apostle asking Philemon to forgive his runaway slave. In this little letter written by Paul, we will see that spiritual super men are not necessarily men who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Spiritual super men are not necessarily men who are more powerful than a locomotive. Spiritual super men are not necessarily men who can stop a speeding bullet. Real spiritual super men are men who know how to forgive, and they don’t even need a red cape to do so.

This is going to be a very exciting series with the first 4-weeks focusing on women and the last 4-weeks focusing on men. Through Proverbs 31 and the book of Philemon we will learn what it means to be spiritual wonder women and super men. Many things will take place during this series that will be super hero related and you just never know. Maybe, just maybe, Super Man himself might make an appearance. It all depends on if we can find an old-fashioned phone booth to serve as his dressing room.

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