Training Camp - Hydra

In Captain America, the villainous group Hydra wants to conquer the world. They’re convinced that they’re the good guys. And they’re not one person. There’s a whole army of them. Hundreds and hundreds of people all working together to conquer the world. They want everyone to be just like them… and if you won’t be just like them, they’ll take you out.

Do you wish more people were just like you? Or that you could be just like everyone else?

Sometimes like Hydra, we wish other people were like us. And they are! They’re just as sinful as we are. Romans 3:22-23 says, “There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” No difference at all! We’re just as bad as everyone else! But we’re just like them in another way. Romans 3:24 continues, “[all] are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Jesus died for everyone – including you!

So you don’t have to join some big villain group to be like everyone else. You’re already the same as everyone: Just as sinful, and just as saved!

But sometimes, like Hydra, we think we’re better. We have better talents. Or we’re better people, because we’re different.

Well, you are different from every other person on earth!

I Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” You have a special part in the body of Christ. Hydra would want you to be just like everyone else… but Jesus wants you to be special. You have something to do that only you can do. Jesus designed you special!

Hydra would want you to fit in and be like them. Jesus says, “I created you to be a part of something bigger. You have a special place.”

It’s best to celebrate what Jesus has made you – the gifts and talents he gave you. You don’t have to be like anyone else, and no one else has to be like you!

Discussion Questions:
1.       Do you ever wish you were like everyone else? Why?
2.       How was Jesus like everyone else? How was he different?

3.       Do you ever think you’re better than other people? In what way is that wrong? In what ways might that be correct? 


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