Blockbuster — Spider-Man

Unlike other heroes, Peter Parker is not perfect, rich, well-polished or all-powerful.

“I decided to depict him as a real life teenager who by some miracle had acquired a super power.  He’d have to be insecure, inept and often out of step with those around him.  He’d be my kind of teenager—a loser—just like I was when I was young.  After all, who ever said that extra strength, or talent, or ability has to make a guy a winner?  If you suddenly gained the muscle power of a hundred men, OK—so you’d be able to outwrestle King Kong; but that doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t have to worry about dandruff, or acne.  Wouldn’t you still have trouble balancing your checkbook?” – Stan Lee

This is what I think we find so inviting about Jesus.  Throughout history, society has glorified the successful, the ones who had it all together and all figure out.  But Jesus chooses nobodies and no ones.
1 Cor 1:26-31

To whom much is given, much is required.” – Jesus

With Great Power comes Great Responsibility.” – Stan Lee


What’s the great gift that we’ve received?  GRACE

John 1 :14-17
Without GRACE the good news isn’t good at all.

What’s our responsibility in response?  TO SHARE IT


Grace is a life-altering force.

“If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”

If Grace is great enough to save us… it should change us to.

Jesus taught “blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” and He also said that “if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


BUT GRACE IS HARD…

“Ungrace” sounds nice until it’s you that needs forgiveness

“The only thing harder than forgiveness is the alternative” – Philip Yancey

Romans 12:14-21
– Don’t hit back.
– Don’t insist on getting even.
– Bless your enemies.


What are the limits to Grace?
Who is unforgivable?

“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am” –  John Newton

1 Timothy 1:12-16

Joseph reunites with his brothers – Genesis 45

Lewis Smedes Quote “When we genuinely forgive we set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner was us.”

 


Our world is sorely lacking grace and because of that, it’s one of the greatest things the Church has to offer.

Blockbuster — Wonder Woman

Christians have everything they need to fulfill the Great Commission. We just seem to think it’s optional.

“ The time for kumbaya Christianity is officially over. It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to rise up and preach His gospel of truth, love, and grace.’  Samuel Rodriguez

Acts 12:1-12
Peter was compelled to go back to the city!

   10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.

11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!”

12 When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer.

 


Peter knew his PURPOSE.
Luke 5:1-10

What talent, what seed, what gift, what story is in you that could literally change the future for someone else or the future for generations to come?

Peter knew about PROBLEMS. But he knew who could handle them.
Matthew 11:28-30

Peter knew POWER.
Acts 1:8-9



Sharing the Good News is urgent but it’s not optional!

Romans 12:11

Blockbuster — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

“The 1st movie was about becoming a family. This movie is about being a family.”
– James Gunn, writer/director

Ephesians 4:16

Having the same last name isn’t what makes you a family

THE GUARDIANS “FAMILY”
–  A collection of decidedly less-than-perfect oddballs that shouldn’t even like each other
–  They are each one wounded in their own way and alone are unfulfilled
–  None have very good social skills but work through it with a higher sense of purpose
–  They learn that for a family to function well everyone needs to know where and how they fit

Everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!

Romans 12:6-8
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF THERE?
Peter Quill, the leader
Drax has the temperament of a prophet
Gamora is overcome by feelings of mercy
Baby Groot, both encourager and protector
Yondu, we learn, is a teacher and mentor
Rocket, a giver and helper

Hebrews 10:24

These first few hours spent in church every week are vital but what’s most important is what you do with it during the next 163 hours of your week!

If you’re ready to find a place to serve at 29:11 GET STARTED RIGHT HERE

Have you ever noticed that even in our SciFi, what humans have written about other worlds, there is a moral compass? Morality, doing what is right, putting others first are not just global ideals. It’s obvious we believe they are universal!

Blockbuster — King Arthur

Destiny: fate, fortune, calling


1. To fulfill your destiny, you must deal with your past.

Too often, we allow the pain and disappointment of our past to poison our future.

Arthur couldn’t effectively wield Excalibur until he confronted his past.

Ezekiel 16:63 You’ll remember your past life and face the shame of it, but when I make atonement for you, make everything right after all you’ve done, it will leave you speechless.'” Decree of GOD, the Master.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.



2. No one can determine your destiny except you.

Even though he was raised far from the palace, Arthur’s leadership was evident in the streets.

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

No one outside of ourselves can determine who we are.

 Jeremiah 29:11-14  I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.  “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,  I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” GOD’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”–GOD’s Decree–“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. 



3.
There are people waiting to help you fulfill your destiny.

There was a band of people waiting to serve and fight alongside whoever could wield Excalibur.

1 Kings 19:18  Meanwhile, I’m preserving for myself seven thousand souls: the knees that haven’t bowed to the god Baal, the mouths that haven’t kissed his image.”

Before he could become King Arthur, he had to decide that he wanted to!

James 2:20  Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?

Blockbuster – Dead Men Tell No Tales

CAPTAIN SALAZAR and the meaning of DMTNT

1. A common pirate phrase that means killing someone is the best way to keep them quiet.

2. Captain Salazar sent word by Henry Turner to tell Jack Sparrow that he hated him since Salazar couldn’t because he was dead and DMTNT!

3. Salazar’s habit was to kill all on a ship but leave 1 person to tell what happened because “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Ecclesiastes 11:3

There are no Mulligans

Luke 16:27-28


At the end of your life you won’t say:

– If only I had spent more time at the office, in meetings, on sales calls or …
– I wish I had spent more time on the computer, reading facebook, gaming or …
– I wish I had made more money or bought one more …
– I made too many friends, gave too many hugs, and said “I love you” too often
– I spent too much time with my spouse and kids
– We made too many memories



Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, said this about his father Mike Wallace before he died in 2012 at the age of 93:

“He still recognizes me and knows who I am, but he’s uneven. The interesting thing is, he never mentions ’60 Minutes.’ It’s as if it didn’t exist. It’s as if that part of his memory is completely gone. The only thing he really talks about is family — me, my kids, my grandkids, his great-grandchildren. There’s a lesson there. This is a man who had a fabulous career (with 60 Minutes) and for whom work always came first. Now he can’t even remember it.”



HENRY TURNER

Break the father’s curse: alcoholism, abuse, porn, absentee fathers, something else? 

Don’t leave leftovers for your kids to deal with!


CARINA SMYTH

Carina never knew her father but he left her the key to the map no man can read!

Hebrews 11:4

Hebrews 12:23-24

Baptism – 6.11.17

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When John the Baptist appears he is baptizing people as an act of repentance seeking forgiveness from God.
Matthew 3:11
Mark 1:4
1 Peter 3:21

Then Jesus leads us deeper to the idea of a new birth
John 3:5

And now baptism also points back to His death & resurrection
Romans 6:3-8

The reason we are directed to be baptized is we are identifying with Jesus, and His church!
Mt 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-41; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:4-6

 

BLOCKBUSTER – 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why you should go on a mission trip

1. To expand the kingdom of Jesus – Matthew 28:19-20

2. See there is more to the world than strip malls, cell phones, reality tv, etc. You’ll put less emphasis on material things – Matthew 6:25-33

3. To see that American Christianity is the exception, not the norm

4. And the American dream is not the only dream, maybe not the best dream

5. You need to understand how blessed you really are – many families you encounter on a mission trip have no understanding of A/C, beds or bedrooms, indoor plumbing, running water, or even clean water!

6. You’ll witness true generosity, from people who have maybe a tenth of what you have but insist on feeding you first – Mark 12:41-44

7. To remember that being a Christian isn’t just cleaning up for Sunday but also getting your hands dirty when you see a need – Luke 10:30-37

8. To see that Christians come in all shapes, sizes, colors and speak many different languages – Galatians 3:26-28

9. For the potential opportunity to witness pure Christianity – James 1:27

10. To get outside your comfort zone, into a place that requires risk – Matthew 16:24-27

11. It reminds us this Christianity thing is bigger than our own personal theology! – Acts 11:1-18

12. You will come home wanting to do something to change someone else’s life, be more likely to give to missions and to the mission Jesus gave us to reach the “whole world”! – 2 Corinthians 8:1-4

13. You will see the heart of Jesus – Matthew 19:13-15

13 Reasons Why we do series, like Blockbuster

1. Something different, exciting, fresh, renew your passion for listening to sermons

2. Encourages creativity and a fresh approach in sermon preparation

3. Relational

4. Relevance to our everyday lives, making the sermon come alive

5. Promote more word of mouth, the most effective form of advertising

6. Because we are called to reach others, to invite others not just enjoy church ourselves

7. Connecting the community with you instead of the pastor

8. Momentum of anticipation

9. Momentum as sermons build on each other more effectively

10. Momentum in promotion, not changing gears every week

11. More leverage than a solo sermon, able to go wider into the whole message and council of God, and deeper into the message, not just hitting the high points

12. Greater balance, better idea development with less info overload

13. Continuity, better focus, not changing styles and themes every week

+1. An easy excuse to invite, it equips you to reach your family, friends and neighbors

13 Reasons Why you need to build a strong family

1. A strong family is like a fortress

2. A spiritually strong family is a spiritual fortress

3. Fathers are important

4. We don’t get do-overs

5. Your family is under attack, and the enemy will keep coming back

6. Teens still need guidance – maybe even more!

For example, 13 Reasons Why. Do you have any idea why it has a TV-MA rating? Have you discussed it with your teen? It has a TV-MA rating because it is deemed not suitable for minors. There is a graphic scene of Hannah committing suicide then bleeding out in a bathtub, there are multiple rapes, there is nudity, teens are drinking, there is bullying, drug use, other violence and very strong language.

7. Show your kids how to just keep swimming

8. So everyone can learn where they belong

9. The new drug: Porn. Even secular researchers finally agree that we know what porn does to kids!
Now We Know What Porn Does To Kids
Researchers Are Finally Blowing the Whistel on Porn

10. The Number of Teens & Kids Admitted to Hospitals Due to Suicide Attempts Doubled in last 10 Years!

11. Leave nothing to chance – Joshua 24:14-15

12. Leave a legacy of Godliness – 1 Samuel 2:12-13

13. To point your family to the source of real strength, to give them Jesus!

13 Reasons Why you need 29:11 teens

1. Negative peer pressure

2. Alcohol and drugs

3. The prevalence of unrestrained sexual immorality

4. Suicide

5. You need reality, which you won’t get from movies, music and social media
Things You Need to Know About 13 Reasons Why by Kevin Carson

6. Positive peer pressure, other teens who love God!

7. Positive role models

8. It’s a spiritual atmosphere geared to your age and needs

9. To remind you the world does not revolve around you

10. The opportunity to serve others

11. To challenge you to be your best

12. Teach you what won’t learn elsewhere & tell you what you won’t hear elsewhere

13. You need theology, an understanding of who God says He is, and the opportunity to explore God with adults who will take time to answer your questions

13 Final Reasons Why

Ephesians 4:11-15

Other resources

Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ gets more trigger warnings. Critics say it glamorizes teen suicide.

How Can We Prepare Our Children to Engage Pop Media’s Cultural Values by Pastor Kevin

Authentic

au·then·tic –  ôˈTHen(t)ik/
adjective –  1. of undisputed origin; genuine.  synonyms: genuine, real, bona fide, true, veritable

The church should be a safe haven to be real instead of a place of pressure to be perfect.


Authentic Christianity is marked by thankfulness and prayer.

Colossians 1:12
Colossians 3:15
Colossians 4:2
Colossians 4:12 


Authentic Christians understand the gospel of Jesus.

In an interview about his latest book, Vanishing Grace, Yancey said: “In short, the West is becoming increasingly post-Christian, and we need to adjust our approach because the Good News no longer sounds like good news.”

Romans 4:5

To understand that good news, we first must understand the bad news: we all have sinned and deserve God’s righteous judgment. We stand before God guilty and condemned and we cannot save ourselves. That’s why we need a Savior.


Authentic Christians are marked with love.

Ephesians 1:15
1 Thessalonians 4:6


Jesus called us to be salt and light to a dying world. We can’t do that faking it. In order to change our world and our culture, we have to be authentic.

Eshet Chayil

Proverbs 31:10-31

This is the only place chayil is translated “virtuous.”

Over 170 times it is translated in more militant terms: valiant, valor, power, forces, army!

Chayil is used of Gideon when an angel calls him “you mighty man of valor” and it is used of David’s “mighty men of valor/courage”

Chayil is traditionally sung on Friday nights at the beginning of Sabbath in many Jewish homes.

Eshet Chayil is often used as a greeting, meaning “woman of valor”

 

Let’s look at the story of one Eshet Chayil, the Shunammite Woman

2 Kings 4:8-37

The problem came out of nowhere! There has perhaps never been a time in history where there have been so many attacks coming out of nowhere, without warning, against families,especially children.

She carried him to the room she had prepared.

She went to the man of God, to Mt Carmel, about 20 miles, and not by limousine! Like Naaman we’ll pay but will we obey? We’ll pay but will we pray?

She reminds Elisha that this son was not just her wish. This was something divinely given to her!

Romans 11:29

She has watched her son die, been told to wait, was interrupted, given the brush-off and the next answer she hears is “No.”

But she was determined. She built, she blessed, she prayed, she worked, she carried, she went as far and as long as it took and that’s why she could say with confidence, “It is well!”