Samson: The Hope of a Hero

Judges 13

Manoah means “____________________”

samson means “____________________”

In this story there is only ________________________________, and there is only _________________________________.

We don’t find hope in __________________________________________; we find Romans it in _________________________________________.

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” NIV

Untimidated by the Past

Acts 7-9

Acts 9:1-22, 31                                                Acts 7:56-8:3


1 Timothy 1:12-16 “I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord,      because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a       blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Your past is  ____________________________________.

Your past is  ____________________________________.

Your past is  ____________________________________.

Untimidated By Death

Acts 6-7

There are no ____________________________________ in the Kingdom.

Stephen did three things:




Don’t worry about ______________________________________________; worry about _________________________________________________.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 John 9:4 Hebrews 4:10

Ways we can be like Stephen here at Portico…


Untimidated by Persecution

Acts 5:12-42

Persecution: hostility and ill-treatment especially because of race or political/religious beliefs.

How to handle persecution:


John 15:18-20            1 Peter 4:12


Acts 5:41                      1 Peter 4:13-14 Matthew 5:10-12a

We can rejoice in persecution because…

we are counted worthy of it

it proves our faith is genuine

we can relate to Jesus better

it helps strengthen our faith

we have a great reward


Acts 5:42 Acts 14:22

Questions:  Is there any specific opposition/persecution you are facing in life?

If not, what may be holding you back or intimidating you from sharing or living out your faith?

Untimidated by Opposition

Acts 4:1-31

Following Jesus will __________________________________ to our lives.

John 15:18-19

Opposition comes from clashes over:




How do we handle it?





Where do you need to  CONTINUE being bold, and where do you need to START?

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Untimidated by the Impossible

Note: a section of this message was re-recorded due to tech issues.

Acts 3:1-16

How do we respond when faced with the impossible?

Hear the voice of God.
Obey the Spirit of God.
Do the work of God.
Trust the power of God.

Matthew 19:26  Genesis 18:14  Job 42:2   Jeremiah 32:17   Luke 1:37

For God, there is NO SUCH THING as impossible.  

Give the glory to God.

What is the ‘impossible’ thing you need God to do for you?


What is the ‘impossible’ thing He wants you to do for him?


Romans 8:11

The Great Hoax


_____________________________________________ isn’t the great hoax.

A hoax is “a humorous or malicious deception.”

Matthew 17:22   Mark 10:33-34     Luke 9:22      John12:23-24 .

Matthew 27:62-66

Revelation 12:9

Satan has convinced people that Jesus is _____________________________.

Satan has convinced people that Jesus is _____________________________.

Satan has convinced people that Jesus is _____________________________.

Fool: a person who has been ___________________________________into         acting silly or stupid.

Ephesians 5:17     Romans 10:9

Instead of being deceived by the great hoax, we can believe in the greatest hope!

Jesus’ AUTHORITY on Trial


Trial Passages: Matthew 27:1-2, John 18:28, Luke 23:1-2, John 18: 33-36, Luke 23:13-16, John 19:1-8  Matthew 27:19, John 19:9-16, Matthew 27:24-26 John 19:16-18

Jesus’ IDENTITY was undeniable; He is the Son of God.

Jesus’ TEACHINGS were irrefutable; He is the Word of Truth

Jesus’ MIRACLES were unquestioned; He demonstrated his divinity.

Jesus’ CHARACTER was impeccable; He is perfectly righteous.

John 19:19-22

Jesus’ AUTHORITY is ___________________________________.

meaning: in such a strong position that you cannot be defeated; impossible to doubt or   argue with; impossible to attack.

He is _______________________________________________________

over ________________________________________________________.

Philippians 2:7-11

Matthew 28:16-20