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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?