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WHAT IS A SOLDIER OF CHRIST TO DO?

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Sermon shared by Guy Glass

January 2012
Summary: TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY SUNDAY, A HOLIDAY ESTABLISHED FOR THE EXPRESSED PURPOSE OF REMEMBERING AND HONORING OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS, REMEMBERING THE COST, AND CONTEMPLATING THE LEGACY OF THEIR SACRIFICE. IT IS ALSO A DAY OF PICNICS, FAMILY GATHERINGS, BASEBALL
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
WHAT IS A SOLDIER OF CHRIST TO DO?
2 TIMOTHY 2:1-7 (NIV) 1 YOU THEN, MY SON, BE STRONG IN THE GRACE THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS. 2 AND THE THINGS YOU HAVE HEARD ME SAY IN THE PRESENCE OF MANY WITNESSES ENTRUST TO RELIABLE MEN WHO WILL ALSO BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH OTHERS. 3 ENDURE HARDSHIP WITH US LIKE A GOOD SOLDIER OF CHRIST JESUS. 4 NO ONE SERVING AS A SOLDIER GETS INVOLVED IN CIVILIAN AFFAIRS--HE WANTS TO PLEASE HIS COMMANDING OFFICER. 5 SIMILARLY, IF ANYONE COMPETES AS AN ATHLETE, HE DOES NOT RECEIVE THE VICTOR'S CROWN UNLESS HE COMPETES ACCORDING TO THE RULES. 6 THE HARDWORKING FARMER SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE A SHARE OF THE CROPS. 7 REFLECT ON WHAT I AM SAYING, FOR THE LORD WILL GIVE YOU INSIGHT INTO ALL THIS.
INTRODUCTION: TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY SUNDAY, A HOLIDAY ESTABLISHED FOR THE EXPRESSED PURPOSE OF REMEMBERING AND HONORING OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS, REMEMBERING THE COST, AND CONTEMPLATING THE LEGACY OF THEIR SACRIFICE. IT IS ALSO A DAY OF PICNICS, FAMILY GATHERINGS, BASEBALL GAMES, AND RECREATION.
FOR THE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, THIS SUNDAY, LIKE THOSE BEFORE IT AND THOSE AFTER IT, IS A TIME OF CONTEMPLATION OVER THE WORD OF GOD, THE WORSHIP OF OUR CREATOR, AND OUR OWN COMMITMENT TO SERVICE.
TRANSITION: IN OUR TIME TOGETHER TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A FEW MOMENTS AND ANSWER THE QUESTION, “WHAT IS A SOLDIER OF CHRIST TO DO?”
I. BE STRONG – VERSES 1-2
A. IT IS ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS – “MY SON”
1. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DRAW STRENGTH TO ACCOMPLISH TASK FROM OUR RELATIONSHIPS
2. PAUL USES A TERM OF ENDEARMENT WHEN HE CHALLENGES TIMOTHY TO THE TASK BEFORE HIM.
3. WE HAVE AN EVEN GREATER RELATIONSHIP THAN THIS WITH OUR SAVIOR.
4. UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS GOD WHO CALLS US TO DO THINGS FAR GREATER THAN EVEN HE DID WHILE HE WALKED THIS EARTH.
JOHN 14:12 (NIV) I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, ANYONE WHO HAS FAITH IN ME WILL DO WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING. HE WILL DO EVEN GREATER THINGS THAN THESE, BECAUSE I AM GOING TO THE FATHER.
DO YOU BELIEVE IT? IT IS GOD’S WORD; WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO BELIEVE IT. THE QUESTION IS WILL WE ACT UPON IT?
B. RELATIONSHIPS EMPOWER US – “BE STRONG IN THE GRACE”
1. THE WORD MEANS TO BE EMPOWERED, OR TO DRAW POWER TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK
2. TO BE EMPOWERED BY SOMEONE ELSE (GOD), INSTEAD OF TRYING TO DO A TASK IN MY OWN POWER
3. TO DRAW STRENGTH FROM GOD IN ORDER TO FOCUS ON THE CALL OF CHRIST FOR OUR LIVES.

OUR SPIRITUAL BACK-UP POWER SOURCE. IT IS THERE WAITING FOR US TO ENGAGE IT IN OUR LIVES. THE QUESTION IS WILL WE ENGAGE THE EMPOWERING RESOURCE OF GOD IN OUR LIVES IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT CHRIST HAS SET BEFORE US. WE MIGHT VERY EASILY CALL THIS THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, WHO CHRIST SAID THAT WHEN HE CAME HE WOULD DIRECT US, GUIDE US, AND EMPOWER US
4. THE SOURCE OF THIS POWER IS GOD’S GRACE
a. THIS GRACE PARDONED US FROM OUR SIN
EPHESIANS 2:8-9 (NIV) FOR IT IS BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED, THROUGH FAITH--AND THIS NOT FROM YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD-- 9 NOT BY WORKS, SO THAT NO ONE CAN BOAST.
b. THIS GRACE SHOULD BE EVIDENT AND APPLIED IN OUR DAILY WALK
COLOSSIANS 2:6 (NIV) SO THEN, JUST AS YOU RECEIVED CHRIST JESUS AS LORD, CONTINUE TO LIVE IN HIM,
i. WE RECEIVED CHRIST BY FAITH
ii. WE NEED TO LIVE OUR LIVES BY THAT SAME FAITH IN HIM THAT WE EXERCISED FOR SALVATION.
WE BELIEVED IN HIM FOR OUR SALVATION (OUR ETERNAL DESTINY),
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