Message Action Plan

The Paradox of Being a Hero

If you’ve ever heard a news story of someone who put their own life at risk to save someone else, you know we’re quick to call them a hero. But most people who sacrifice their own lives don't actually consider themselves heroes — they think of the act as something they were meant to do. In this message at Saddleback Church, Pastor Sergio de la Mora shares how God is looking for unexpected heroes to "break the rules" and do things that often don't make sense. You’ll learn the five characteristics of a hero and how God wants to use your faith to achieve the impossible.

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Characteristics of paradoxical heroes
1 Chronicles 4:9-10

  • Heroes choose to see themselves the way God sees them.
    Romans 9:25-26, 30
  • Heroes believe God can still answer their greatest prayers even in their greatest pain.
    Ephesians 3:20
  • Heroes cry out for a miracle to be a miracle for someone else.
    Matthew 25:35-36, 40
  • Heroes stay in faith to see God do it anyway even when others say there is no way.
    Galatians 6:9-10
  • Heroes honor the past while remaining ferociously loyal to the future.
    Psalms 71:18

Action Plan: Go through each characteristic above one day at a time this week.  Read the verses for that day and evaluate the following in your prayer life:

  • When you ask God for forgiveness, are you resting in his grace, or focusing on how often you have been asking him for forgiveness in this area?  God is faithful to forgive willingly every time.
  • Are you asking God for things that are focused on your gain, or the benefit of others? 
  • When you bring a request before the Lord, are you asking for bold things that will stretch your faith so that credit can only be attributed to God?
  • Do you thank God regularly for all the good things he has done for you in the past? 

Action Plan: Choose one of the verses above and memorize it this week.

Doable Discipleship: Check out this week's Doable Discipleship episode featuring a conversation with Worship Pastor John Cassetto. New episodes are released every Tuesday. To watch or listen, click here.  

Everyday Heroes
June 18 - August 6, 2017Watch Series
  • What Makes a Hero?
    June 18, 2017
  • Heroic Singleness
    June 24, 2017
  • Everyday Heroes in the Home
    July 2, 2017
  • The Paradox of Being a Hero
    July 9, 2017
  • What Can God Do Through You?
    July 16, 2017
  • Finding Everyday Strength
    July 23, 2017
  • Holy Mess Batman
    July 30, 2017
  • How To Be More Heroic
    August 6, 2017