“I’m Your Number One Fan”

Children naturally want to be just like the in their lives (Ephesians 5:1).

To them, adults are .

But the real superhero work is turning other people into

We do this by helping people Jesus (Galatians 4:19).

You become a superhero when , the most powerful superhero, lives in you.

When Jesus lives in you, He gives you super (Ephesians 3:20).

 

“I Just Want To Help”

Adults think that the “” children offer their mission.

When children “get in the way,” it’s an invitation and opportunity to show them the power of through the .

Our teach better than our .

When we reject , they reject .

Rejected children may put more trust in power than in power.

They trust (from Google) more than (from the Holy Spirit).

 

Superheroes Without A Job

When you are an adult at the of your powers, you feel .

But when the world , you see how you really are.

 

Adult Playpens

The world wants to convince you to make your identity your identity.

When you define yourself by your secular , employment cycles l your world and determine your.

By the world’s standards, once you have passed your prime (in talent or age), you become a instead of a .

Deep down inside, you know that God has called you to more, but every time you find a spark of inspiration, the world it.

Quit living below your potential. Live like you’re the child of a (Ephesians 4:1).

 

Family Life Under the Sun

When we do not live like we are the children of a God, our lives become dull, and destructive (Ecclesiastes 1: 1-11).

Superheroes who don’t know their purpose their gifts, using them to people instead of help them.

When we live out of our , our gifts become hidden in plain .

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The world offers a choice, insisting that we can either be or natural, but not both.

God has called us to live in the world but not be of it (John 17:15-16).

We have a identity, but we work for God.

We use our secret identity to do work.

We must go beyond our job (and homework assignments) to be obedient to God.

 

Key Idea:

Abandon your mission and find God’s.

God’s mission is to expand His superhero (Genesis 12: 2-3).

We do God’s mission by using our most important superpower: (Romans 4: 20 “. . . .Abraham never stopped believing. He grew stronger in his faith and gave praise to God.”) 

When your goal is only to be super, you fall into the world’s trap.

You need (in God) to be super and He calls us to help everyone be super in .

Abraham, Sarah, Moses and Joshua did not allow their bodies to define what they could do for God (Romans 4:19-21).

 

Payback

Our biggest enemy is often the child we provoked to (Ephesians 6:4, Malachi 4:5-6).

children can become adults who use their to shame and destroy us.

Though Syndrome is a grown man, the little boy in him is still .

He uses his to express the of his bitter, unforgiving heart.

The young generation’s technological superiority can make them and even more vulnerable to power.

Had those same young people been mentored when they were our audience, they would have used their gifts for .

There’s no time like the present to change . It’s not too late to help the next natural and spiritual .

 

Superhero Homework Assignments:

  • The Superpower of Giving: Support our youngest and first homegrown missionary: Jhori Parrish
  • The Superpower of Praise: Join the Youth and Young Choir
  • The Superpower of Prayer: When you talk to God, you’re using your faith, the most important superpower. If you don’t know what to say to God, here are some suggestions:
  1. Thank God. Tell Him how grateful you are for something you have or that happened to you.
  2. Ask God a question. Ask Him about something you want to know. Even if He does not answer right away, ask him every day until He responds.
  3. Ask God to help someone else. Ask God to help someone you know with something they need or want.
  4. Ask God to help you. Think of something you need or want and ask God to give it to you.
  5. Pray in Tongues. This is another superpower. If you don’t have this power yet, ask God to give it to you.

 

One of the things that distinguishes humans from other creatures is how much baby humans require compared to other .

While most baby mammals become in a relatively short period of time, it takes to parent a human child into an adult.

This accentuates the need of .

God designed humans in such a way that sustained care from their mothers and fathers  is .

This is no less true about parenting.

Natural parenting is spiritual parenting. A natural parent’s spiritual children just happen to be biologically assigned to them.

In the end, spiritual parenting is really what matters because the bond between a natural child and parent is only . The relationship between a spiritual parent and child is . (John 8:43-44)

Satan children. This is why we must be born again (John 3:3).

This is also why people without children are still responsible for parenting and why the natural and spiritual unit, as prescribed by Scripture, is vital.

The essential necessary to thrive in life natural and spiritually are given to us by our natural and spiritual parents.

This is why we’ve been emphatically addressing patterns of human behavior that exceed the scope of God’s boundaries for activity.

God created these holy to preserve human flourishing and to extend his to his offspring.

Jesus’ account of marriage in Matthew rules out , marriage, adultery and as things that God originally from the beginning.

 

Heart change and the Spirit’s “Amen”

To accept this truth, our have to change (Matthew 13:19).

Our hearts are designed to be receptors of God’s and God’s , two sides of the same coin:

  • John 6:63
  • Hebrews 3:7-8/Psalm 95:7-8
  • I Corinthians 2:6-14

The Spirit is the witness that confirms the Word

  • Mark 1:9-10
  • John 5:30-43
  • John 6:44
  • John 14:16-17, 26
  • John 16:8-11

“Every woman craves a relationship with a real man. . . .She might be temporarily satisfied with someone less mature, but at the end of the day, a woman wants to be with a Real Man” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Women Want From A Man

What is real man?

Masculinity may not have a , but it does have a .

God saw that everything He created was .

When the Scripture says God “saw,” it means that He was inspecting for .

Excellence means fulfilling at its level.

A real man is someone who lives the of masculinity at the level.

If we want to know the of anything, we must look at its intent.

The creator of the man is God, which is to say that God is the .

If we want to find the version of God’s intent for anything, we must look at the .

Last week, we said that the first thing God gave Eve was a .

The first thing God gave Adam was .

What are the qualities of a man?

(A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man)

 

Maturity

“Maturity doesn’t begin with age; it begins with the acceptance of ” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 83)

“We don’t begin to until we accept personal for our words, our thoughts, our motives, and our attitudes” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 86).

I Corinthians 13:11
Genesis 3:12

Responsibility does not mean “e-worthy,” “-worthy,” “-worthy.” It means “ to .”

begins from the inside out, not the outside in.

Responsibility begins by looking , but is not complete until we also start looking .

A real man is constantly his of responsibility.

A real man sees his responsibility as in his sphere of influence, not just what his job says or what he’s to do.

 

Decisiveness

A real man “makes quality decisions and ” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 107).

“Decisiveness is in action” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 107).

A real man makes decisions based on , which means he before he .

A principle is an standard that makes you clear about what is .

Once you know what’s true, decisions are because after that, you only need the to act.

 

Consistency

“Consistency. . . .is the ability to make mature quality decisions and ” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 141).

“A man’s consistency is what gives a woman ” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 143).

“Our observe us carefully, cautiously, and continually” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 143).

“Your woman knows your patterns of behavior, your patterns of language, and your patterns of decision making. Whenever you break any one of those patterns, you can be sure of two things: first, your woman has already noticed. And second, she wants to know why” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 143).

You (the man) are the first and set the tone with your or (Proverbs 25:19; Proverbs 20:6).

What you do creates effects (positively or negatively) in your family and community for to come (Exodus 20:5-6).

 

Strength

“Strength. . .is the courage to live out your in spite of what the is doing” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 162).

“In today’s world, genuine strength is a matter of , not ” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 162)

I Timothy 4:8

“For a man to possess real strength, he must learn the art of ” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 168).

Proverbs 25:28

“A [real] man’s strength is demonstrated by his and his ” (A.R. Bernard, Four Things Woman Want From A Man, 168).

Proverbs 12:10

 

Additional Resources

  • Four Things Woman Want From A Man by A.R. Bernard
  • YouTube/Google: “Pastor A. R. Bernard

Interview at The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 (05/05/2016)” OR watch online at youtube

One of the things that distinguishes humans from other creatures is how much baby humans require compared to other .

While most baby mammals become in a relatively short period of time, it takes to parent a human child into an adult.

This accentuates the need of .

God designed humans in such a way that sustained care from their mothers and fathers  is .

This is no less true about parenting.

Natural parenting is spiritual parenting. A natural parent’s spiritual children just happen to be biologically assigned to them.

In the end, spiritual parenting is really what matters because the bond between a natural child and parent is only . The relationship between a spiritual parent and child is . (John 8:43-44)

Satan children. This is why we must be born again (John 3:3).

This is also why people without children are still responsible for parenting and why the natural and spiritual unit, as prescribed by Scripture, is vital.

The essential necessary to thrive in life natural and spiritually are given to us by our natural and spiritual parents.

This is why we’ve been emphatically addressing patterns of human behavior that exceed the scope of God’s boundaries for activity.

God created these holy to preserve human flourishing and to extend his to his offspring.

Jesus’ account of marriage in Matthew rules out , marriage, adultery and as things that God originally from the beginning.

 

Heart change and the Spirit’s “Amen”

To accept this truth, our have to change (Matthew 13:19).

Our hearts are designed to be receptors of God’s and God’s , two sides of the same coin:

  • John 6:63
  • Hebrews 3:7-8/Psalm 95:7-8
  • I Corinthians 2:6-14

The Spirit is the witness that confirms the Word

  • Mark 1:9-10
  • John 5:30-43
  • John 6:44
  • John 14:16-17, 26
  • John 16:8-11