Throughout time and in every culture, there is evidence that humans have always sought out heroes. From the mythical gods of the Greeks and the Romans to the sports and entertainment stars of modern America, people are constantly seeking and making heroes to worship. In part four of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, we see this principle at work as a crowd of gentiles try to make Paul and Barnabas their gods. In this message Pastor Gary explores why we have this universal longing and how it points us to Jesus.
Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.Acts 14:8-23 (ESV)
The universal longing to find or create a hero is evidence of a universal need that no earthly hero can meet.
- Our desire for a hero (Acts 14:8-13)
- The deceit of false heroes (Acts 14:14-18)
- A demonstration of the true Hero (Acts 14:19-23)
Day 1: Acts 13
Day 2: Acts 14
Day 3: Exodus 32
Day 4: Psalm 96
Day 5: Psalm 115
Day 6: Jeremiah 10