Big Idea

Achieving the mission requires working together.

Scene Setup

Captain Rogers (Captain America) is returning from leading a hostage rescue mission conducted with Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) that went horribly wrong. Now he is storming the office of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury for answers.

Topics

Factions, Division, Body of Christ, Unity

Scene

Rogers walks purposefully into Fury's office and accuses him of being unable to tell the truth. Fury responds that he wasn't lying, it's just that Romanov, though at the scene with Rogers, was working on a different mission. Rogers, who was in charge of the mission, feels betrayed by not being kept in the loop, but Fury rejects Rogers claim, saying he isn't obligated to tell Rogers anything. But Rogers feels that act undermined his mission, "Those hostages could have died, Nick." Fury says that is why he sent in Captain America, "to make sure that didn't happen." Rogers replies, "Soldiers trust each other. That's what makes it an army. Not just a bunch of guys running around shooting guns." Fury says his last experience with trust cost him an eye. Then he explains, "Look. I didn't want you doing anything you weren't comfortable with. Agent Romanov is comfortable with everything." Unsatisfied, Rogers says, "I can't lead a mission when the people I am leading have missions of their own."

Application

When Captain America was sent out, he thought that he and his team were there to rescue hostages. What he didn't know was that Agent Romanov was sent to get data. So when Captain America found himself in a bind and was expecting Romanov to cover him, she was unavailable. Their conflicting missions put the entire operation in peril. In order for operations to succeed, everyone needs to be on the same page. Jesus gave the Church a mission: evangelize, make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to obey God's commands. But not long after the Church was founded in the first century mission creep set in. Different people began to create separate factions made up of their own "followers." The factions led to disunity, and the disunity undermined the mission of the Church. Jesus prayed for unity among His followers; that they would be of one mind and one purpose. The Apostle Paul compared the Church to a single, living body in which all of the parts worked together to achieve the goals of the Kingdom of God. Being a disciple means to discipline ourselves to follow the commands of our leader, Jesus Christ. God's agenda needs to become our agenda. And when we work together to accomplish The Great Commission, when people see love and unity inside the Church and the God-inspired good works outside the Church, it brings God glory. We need to keep our eyes on our leader, and commit to the mission.

 

Where To Find


Scriptures

John 17:18-23

Ephesians 4:1-7

1 Corinthians 1:10-13

Matthew 28:18-20

1 Corinthians 12:12-26


Video Times

Start: 0:13:53

End: 0:14:26


Keywords

The Great Commission, Unity, One, Body Of Christ, Division, Divisions, Faction, Factions


Illustration Sermon General Warning

None for this scene.

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