Summary: Memorial Day encouragement to reach others
Tomorrow we will observe Memorial Day, a day we set aside to remember those who have given their lives in Battle with our nation’s armed forces.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day.
and formerly, this was achieved by decorating the grave sites of fallen soldiers.
This holiday began to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War.
BUT After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action for our nation.
Most Americans simply Bar B Q, or go camping, or do some other activity to simply take advantage of the day off from work.
One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held on Memorial Day ever since 1911.
Memorial Day is also traditionally viewed as the beginning of summer by many, because many schools are dismissed around Memorial Day.
BUT even though many use Memorial Day as a day of recreation, our country has a long tradition of celebrating and honoring our military.
Christians have a long tradition of honoring our military as well,
Because the Lord Himself has called many to rise up in Battle over the centuries.
God ordained men to rise up for battle in the name of the Lord as far back, as the book of Genesis.
Well this morning we are going to look at some scripture regarding God’s call in our life, as a Christ Follower, to rise up as a soldier for Him as well.
So in order to follow along, you are going to need a Bible and a sermon note sheet, if you need either one, please raise your hand….
As the Bibles are being passed out, would you please turn to
2 Timothy, chapter 2, it is on page 1056 in your church Bibles.
The Apostle Paul used the analogy of Christians being soldiers for Christ many times throughout his writings in the New Testament.
Phil 2:25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. NIV
Here in 2 Timothy, Paul was giving some final instructions to Timothy his protégé , before Paul was to be executed.
If you had a mentor, whom you knew followed the Lord and was full of godly wisdom, wouldn’t you listen to his final words of instruction?
Let me set the backdrop to our story this morning.
Around AD 36 or so, Saul the Hebrew of Hebrews, the Pharisee, the Sadducee,
one of the great religious leader of his day, is going around arresting and killing Christians for their Faith.
Acts 8:1-3 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.
(Steven the 1st Christian Martyr, the religious leaders had killed him, because of his faith in Christ)
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.