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How To Be A Faithful Soldier In God's Army

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Sermon shared by Jim Butcher

October 2003
Summary: This message explores some of the key concepts in being a "good soldier of Jesus Christ."
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
- Veteran’s Day.

HOW TO BE A FAITHFUL SOLDIER IN GOD’S ARMY:


OUR SITUATION AS SOLDIERS:

1. There is a war going on.

- 1 Timothy 6:12 - “Fight the good fight of faith. . .”

- 2 Timothy 4:7.


2. It is a spiritual battle.

- Ephesians 6:12 - “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

- the war within: James 4:1; 1 Peter 2:11.


3. There is still a lot of fight left in the enemy.

- 1 Peter 5:8 - “. . . your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he
may devour.”

- verses about Satan: Ephesians 4:26-27; Ephesians 6:11.

- cf. Jesus’ victory: John 16:33.

- some mentions of “war” and future battles: Revelation 11:7; 12:7; 13:4; 13:7; 17:14; 19:11;
19:19.


OUR JOB AS SOLDIERS:

- not an exhaustive list of our roles, but four of the most important.

1. Wake up to the difference between Boot Camp and Club Med.

- 2 Timothy 2:3 - “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

- hardship and suffering: Luke 9:23-24; 2 Corinthians 11:22-28; Philippians 1:29.


2. Receive Jesus’ words as the orders of your General.

- Revelation 19:16 - “And He has. . . a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

- Revelation 22:21.

- a few examples of calling Him “Lord”: 1 Corinthians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 8:6; James 2:1 (literally dozens of New Testament references to Him as “Lord”).

- the contradiction of “No, Lord.”


3. Become skilled with your offensive weapon.

- Ephesians 6:17 - “And take. . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

- Hebrews 4:12.


4. Fight the enemy, not each other.

- John 17:20-21 - “I. . . pray. . . that they all may be one, . . . that the world may believe that You sent
Me.”

- 1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 1:27; 1 Peter 3:8.




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