Spotlight - Courage

Courage: the key to godly virtue.

C.S. Lewis, in The Screwtape Letters explains that "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions." What does courage look like? How to we gain it? Why is it useful? Teaching on courage can strengthen your congregation or small group to act in a virtuous way, even when facing strong opposition. This week, we provide the following illustrations to help.

Cinderella [PG]  view

Do not conform to the way of the world.

At this, the first meeting of Ella and the Prince, Kit is perplexed and amazed at this girl who is so different. She's riding, alone in the woods, undaunted and unafraid. She inspires him with her devotion to courage and kindness. And, at the end of the day, Ella is willing to go against... Continue Reading

Matthew 6:1-4   Matthew 5:14-16  

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [PG-13]  view

Fear is crippling, but courage gives us the ability to stand up for what's right.

Katniss is placed in a terrible dilemma. There seems to be no right option. By her own admission, she spends every waking moment afraid of what might happen. The fear is crippling, and all she can think to do is to run away. Gale, on the other hand, cares about the other people in the town, and... Continue Reading

Romans 8:31-32   Psalms 55:22  

Big Fish [PG-13]  view

Knowing the future makes you fearless.

Because Edward believed that he knew how he was going to die, he was willing to risk much -- death by giants and the discomforts of leaving home -- to live an extraordinary life. Christians can go one step further -- we know that, no matter what happens to us here, we are going to live. The... Continue Reading

Psalms 27:1-6   Philippians 1:21-26  

Courage - Quotations

Adam Mitchell: "So where are you men of courage? Where are you, fathers who fear the Lord? It's time to rise up and answer the call that God has given to you and to say I will."
Courageous (2011)

Benjamin Mee: "Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it."
We Bought a Zoo (2011)

William Wallace: "Every man dies, not every man really lives."
Braveheart (1995)

Cowardly Lion: "Courage. What makes a King out of a slave? Courage. What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage. What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage. What makes the Sphinx the 7th Wonder? Courage. What makes the dawn come up like THUNDER?! Courage. What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in ape-ricot? Whatta they got that I ain't got?"
Dorothy & Friends: "Courage!"
Cowardly Lion: "You can say that again."
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."
Mark Twain

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