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Gospel Centered Worship

2/11/18 Hebrews 12:18-29

Any Marvel fans out there? If you’re not in that loop, Marvel characters are all the beings created for a fictional universe represented by all of the amazing supposed results of evolution! X Men, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Vision, Ant Man, Iron Man, are among their number. They demonstrate super human abilities along with others that far transcend anything we could barely ever think of or imagine – unless you’re Stan Lee - if that really is his name…

Plus, every now and then we are to believe that science stumbles onto something that can harness some of these marvelous, random, mutant abilities, if just given enough time and space. Or that us humans are just below the curve in our evolving. But with this story line, there are so many black holes in the plot that suspending your disbelief can require more stretching than even one of the Fantastic 4 could offer.

But the mega success of the multi-film franchise shows a desire to see these types of super powers on display. The irony is that if you would pool all of these powers into one being that being would indeed be the Living God. In that universe where there is no god, they have simply tried recreating Him without ever giving Him the slightest nod. It speaks to our desire to do all we can to HAVE all power, while feeding the delusion of believing we could somehow ATTAIN all that power. In other words, if we just try hard enough and have long enough to keep trying, we can achieve anything.. All without ever having to acknowledge that God even exists.

We are indeed created with the innate urge to worship and eternity in our hearts. The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. He doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever and He is all powerful. And that marvelous power will one day be on display, in very public ways that will make the Marvel series look silly, silly.

G.K. Chesterton once said something like: “When man no longer worships God, it’s not that he will worship nothing, but that he will worship anything.” (it’s ‘something like’ because there are too many versions of it around to nail down the exact wording)

Worshiping God as He is, puts our restless hearts at ease.

Worshiping false gods fuels an unquenchable thirst.

Why do you think Marvel movies are so popular? Which is your favorite “Marvel super hero”? Why?

What is your favorite attribute of God’s? Why?

Why do you think people are so willing to believe in anything supposedly supported by science?

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