January 7, 2023
Legendary Truth: Introduction
Growing up, I was a fan of old Westerns. On Saturday mornings, I loved returning to "those thrilling days of yesteryear" to watch "a fiery horse with a speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-Yo, Silver!’", the great masked hero, the Lone Ranger.
During the week, I'd watch Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe fight for truth and justice as they protected the Ponderosa and built the Nevada Territory. (Of course, I watched these shows when the Family Channel played reruns—I'm not old enough to see the original episodes of Bonanza.)
As I grew older, I developed an appreciation for the great John Wayne. I still quote his movies on a regular basis.
They were the good guys. Standing their ground to defend justice, stand for what was right, defend the weak, and conquer the Old West. They were men of principle, each passionately committed to a cause or an endeavor. With a clear understanding of right and wrong, they were willing to do whatever it took to defend their way of life and do what was right.
Their characters and their stories were legendary.
Looking back, I've noticed they all had one thing in common. They all had a code, a conviction, something deep inside of their hearts and minds that drove every decision in their lives. Even when the odds were stacked against them, even when others ran in fear, no matter the obstacle or evil, there was a motivation in their gut that said, "I must do what I know is right."
It was those convictions that made them great.
The same is true for a man of God who wants to lead a legendary life. Although the godly man isn't fighting to defend earthly territory or tame the Wild West, we are called to be the defenders of the faith, the guardians of the truth, and leaders who follow in the footsteps of Christ.
To do this, he, too, must have a set of convictions that burn deep inside his heart—beliefs from which he cannot be deterred.
These beliefs will include the conviction that the Bible is the Word of God—every word is true and relevant for today.
There is only One True God. He created the world.
All men since Adam are sinners in need of a Savior.
Jesus is the one and only Son of God—He is divine.
He came to earth as a man, suffered as we do, overcame temptation, died for our sins, rose again, and went back to Heaven, where He serves as our Savior, Intercessor, and Example.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, ESV)
Salvation through Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
After salvation, we are called to live sanctified lives through the work of the Holy Spirit. This includes obeying the Bible, worshipping God, and sharing the good news of Jesus' salvation with others.
These are the beliefs that make a man of God legendary. They are what gets him out of bed in the morning and motivate every action and decision in his life.
At the heart of every legendary man of God is the belief that these beliefs are true: they are the guiding principles for life and worth dying to defend.
Weekly Memory Verse:
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3:15-17, ESV)
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