Superheroes Part 4 “Samson – A Hero Gone Bad”

Samson – A Hero Gone Bad

Movies and cartoons are filled with heroes gone __________.

We can learn what __________ to do from the life of Samson.

Samson is born into a very _______________ time in the history of Israel.

Though Samson has superhuman _____________, his time as judge is very ______________.

1.  A good ______________ doesn’t guarantee a good _____________.

            Judges 13:1-5

The Birth of Samson

13 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.

A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

            Starting well is ______________.  Finishing well is       ________________.

2.  Heroes are never about “__________”.

            Superheroes always put the interests of others _ _____________ of their own interest.

            Samson’s view of the world was ______________ by his        own reflection.

            Our greatest example of __________________is Jesus.

Are we _________________ and ________________ aware of         the need to push ourselves away from the table and             invite others to take our place?

            God will take care of __________ as we take care of             ______________.  Philippians 2:9-11 

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

3.  A ________________ appetite will be a _________________ appetite.

            Samson had an appetite for ________________.

            It is impossible not to have _________________.

            It is wrong to write a bunch of _____________ to       suppress your appetite.

            2 Keys to Appetites:

                        Have the  _____________ appetite.  Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

                        Choose the right way to ________________ your                     appetite.  1 Corinthians 7:7-9

I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

Even “heroes gone bad” seem to want ____________________.