I know what you’re thinking right now. “Seriously? Are we now using movies based on nerdy comic books to receive revelation and learn about God’s kingdom on earth?!” My answer is: “Heck, yes!!!” You see, there are keys to understanding heavenly principles hidden everywhere, since heaven is the origin of everything. Simple, right? Yes, sometimes we have to dig a little to “find the gold” in things. While watching the Avengers a couple of weeks ago, I left the theater feeling inspired to dig out a couple of lessons for those of you who loved the movie. Here’s what I came up with (and I hope to hear some of your thoughts in the comment section below!):
Lesson 1: Do life together, not just ministry
I’m convinced that the number one reason why most churches or christian groups don’t grow is the low-level of true heart to heart community and connection. Sometimes we’re so driven by vision and purpose that our groups and friend circles are exactly that and not much more: purpose-driven. In the article “The Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned during 3 Years at Bethel’s School of Ministry” I talk about relationship being the essence of the kingdom in more detail. Trust me, being actual friends makes ministry both more fun and more effective.
Lesson 2: You can’t do it alone
Lesson 3: Value and Honor other’s gifts
Lesson 4: Catch each other when someone falls
Lesson 5: True Heroes are willing to lay down their lives
This is a part of Christian life we don’t like to talk about a lot. Who would join our church-clubs and meetings if they had to check a box saying “Yes, I’m willing to give up my life for this cause.” before entering? Well, I get that, but isn’t that kind of what Jesus asked of Peter when he said:
“Will you lay down your life for My sake?…” – John 13:38
It’s also what Revelations mentions as one of the 3 main attributes of overcoming Christians:
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” – Rev 12:11
Especially in this beautiful western world we need to be careful to not water down the requirements of the gospel too much, just to make people feel as comfortable as possible. Sometimes it’s time to find out who’s truly in and who’s not.