Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Intro to Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Before we begin this study, I think it important that we introduce the book and the author.  I know a lot of you are probably overwhelmed with back to school/back to home schooling as well as end of the summer plans.  Therefore, I wanted to give you all another week to get prepared for this study. (Myself as well.)   I don't want to rush this study.   We may have a few weeks here and there when we take two weeks to do a chapter.  Let's begin with the introduction.

John MacArthur, author of Twelve Unlikely Heroes, writes on page XI of the introduction:

"Even though the word hero does not occur in the New Testament, believers often refer to the biblical saints (such as those listed in Hebrews 11) as the "heroes of the faith."  They are regarded as heroes for two primary reasons:  they believed in the Lord, not just for salvation but for every aspect of life; and they acted on that faith, choosing to honor Him even when it was difficult to do so.  When their circumstances seemed impossible, they depended on God's wisdom and strength rather than their own.  And they kept their eyes on Him, choosing to trust in His promises rather than pursue the passing pleasures of sin."  -John MacArthur p. xi

John MacArthur is also quick to point out that the "Hero behind the heroes is always the Lord."  On page XIII he writes:

"Their legacy of faithfulness ultimately directs our attention heavenward, to the Source of their wisdom and strength-namely the Lord Himself.  My prayer for you, as you read this book, is that you will fix your eyes firmly on Him (cf. Hebrews 12:2)-recognizing, along with all the heroes of the faith, that those who put their trust in Him will never be disappointed.  (Romans 10:11).  -John MacArthur p XIII

I am very excited to begin this study with you.  I am believing that God is really going to grab ahold of our hearts through these "heroes" and teach us how we can trust in Him not only during our good moments but our challenging moments with autism as well.  Sometimes life gives us challenges that seem to hard for us to overcome.  I pray that through this study, we will all learn how to trust in Him and bring glory to Him even when the moments seem so overwhelming.

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put shame the things which are mighty."  - 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

Join me on Wednesday September 19th as we see how God used Enoch as one of his twelve unlikely heroes.

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