What Makes a Hero?

One man's journal of ministry among New York City's firefighters and police officers at Ground Zero.

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Gordon MacDonald pastored a church in New York City. He would often look to the towers of the World Trade Center as he left his apartment in the morning, gauging the weather by whether the tops of the towers were shielded in clouds or visible against a blue sky. MacDonald served there again for 12 days in September. After the terrorists toppled the towers, MacDonald and his wife Gail returned to assist recovery workers at the site. There he met America's new breed of heroes.

In this Bible study, we explore courage and heroism. Why are the most unlikely people often the most courageous? How might God want us to emulate them and remember them?

Table of Contents


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God comes to us in the daily routine and in the time of crisis.
Teaching point two: God chooses unlikely people to be heroes and leaders.
Teaching point three: Whom God calls, he confirms.
    • Apply Your Findings



    • Blood, Sweat, and Prayers, by Gordon MacDonald (November 12, 2001)

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