Choose Your Character
by Edwin M. Cotto
NOTE: This sermon is geared towards the youth and it is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Contact us if you’d like that PowerPoint.
INTRO: (Prayer) MAKE THEM TURN OFF THEIR CELL PHONES! Today we are going to play a game. Get Started:
- Choose Your Character: Jesus or Satan.
- Choose Your Weapon: Sword (of bible) Belt ( of Truth) Breastplate (of Righteousness) Shield (of Faith).
- Choose Your Stage: Planet or Earth.
There are three levels:
- Practice with Your Character.
- Beat the level!
- Beat the Boss!
BODY: Let’s play!
LEVEL 1: PRACTICE!
- 2 Corinthians 3:18 – CHANGE = Metamorphosis
- ILLUSTRATION: Caterpillar changes little by little into a Butterfly!
- Change happens little by little – depending on what you look at! -Psalm 16:8, 105:5, Hebrews 12:2.
- RENEWING THE MIND = Character Change! – the more you look at something, the more you become it!
- ILLUSTRATION: Tupac / Justin Bieber
- Over by your Testimony of Jesus – or BE OVERCOME by your Testimony of the enemy (Revelation 12:11).
- VIDEO – Joshua 1:8 – Meditate DAILY on the WORD – Psalm 119:11: Hid WORD in heart to NOT SIN.
LEVEL 2: WIN THE GAME!
- In order for your character NOT to die, you have to remain “unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
- Do the opposite, and your character DIES!
- Would playing violent games, and watching violent movies, kill your character?
- EXHIBIT A: Adam Lanza, killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut
- The real problem is not only the mental change but also the DISTRACTION from the GAME OF LIFE!
LEVEL 3: BEAT THE BOSS!
- ARM YOURSELF FIRST! (Ephesians 6:16-17)
- The Great Red Dragon (Rev. 12:9) – The Leopard Beast (Rev. 13:1) – The Lamb-like Beast (Rev. 13:11)
- The Little Horn Antichrist (Daniel 7:8) – The Bottomless Pit Beast (Rev. 11:7) – The False Prophet (Rev. 18:13)
- The Whore that Rides the Beast (Rev. 7:3)
- DON’T GET THE MARK OF THE BEAST!
- CHEAT CODES: Bible (Psalm 119:11) and PRAYER (Matthew 26:41)
- Remember – YOUR CHARACTER is the one FIGHTING – with him you can OVERCOME: 1 John 2:14.
- PROPHECY: WARS (Matthew 24:6) and global HATE (2 Timothy 3:2-4).
- Young people will be prophets! (Joel 2:28). DO YOU WANT TO BE ONE OF THEM?
CONCLUSION: MY TESTIMONY
- OVERCOME with your TESTIMONY which means your CHARACTER – Revelation 12:11.
- Which character will you choose?
- APPEAL: Matthew 19:14.