The World Needs More Heroes

A Life Worth Following


People are watching the way you live, whether you realize it or not. This means there are no ordinary people in life—everyone plays a critical role in leading and molding those around them. Because of this, Eric Metaxas underscores the importance of being a godly role model for the sake of drawing others closer to God.

Eric is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named “Book of the Year” by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and appeared on numerous 2010 “Book of the Year” lists. He is also the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a daily radio program in 120 cities, and the co-host of BreakPoint, a daily radio program that provides a Christian perspective on current news and trends to over 8 million estimated listeners.

Listen as Eric shares why culture has moved away from heroes it can look up to and what Christians can do in response.


Eric talked about how questioning authority has led many to reject their need for a heroic role model. In what ways has skepticism kept you from embracing potential role models?
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Looking up to someone does not mean they have to be perfect. As Eric said, lives are worthy of emulation, which means that we can acknowledge the things someone has done wrong all the while celebrating what they have done right. Can you think of someone whose faults you may overemphasize? How can you begin to celebrate the good in their example?
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Do you find that the people in your life carry a lot of skepticism towards potential role models? What can you do to encourage them away from this?
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The world needs role models worthy of following. Watch as Eric talks about the importance of a role model and the significance they play in our lives.   


List some of the people you consider role models. Why do you look up to them? What about their lives is worth following?
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When you think about the fact that people are watching your example, how does that make you feel? Is it a motivating reality? Or one that inspires fear? Explain.
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How do you view yourself as a role model for others? What are you modeling with your life?
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In regards to leading others, Eric said, "Apart from God, we cannot handle it, but with God we can handle it." What are some ways you are struggling to trust God with your life? How can you begin offering those to him today?
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The world needs lives worthy of following. Jesus embodied this truth when he came into the world as a human being, rather than just handing out instructions from afar. He came to communicate with His life what it means to be a heroic role model. Apart from Him, this is impossible, but with Him you can live in such a way as to lead people closer to God. Ask Him to unburden you from fear and to embolden you to courageously model what it means to be a hero for the sake of Christ.

For more information on how to purchase a copy of Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, please visit www.7menbook.com.