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Summary: This message encourages men to get prepared for the battle of Mardi Gras

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A Time When Kings Go To War

2 Sam 11:1

Introduction

Beginning next Sunday night, we are going to begin to prepare men to go to war

I want you to know that Satan is alive and well and there is a spiritual war that is always raging

What is at stake? The souls of men, women, and children

I want to challenge every man here today to consider coming to the training and going to Mardi Gras this year

There is a time for everything Eccles says…in the spring time…it’s a time for war

Read Passage 2 Sam 11:1

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

Pray

1. What’s Mardi Gras All About?

I have a short video that I want to show you at this time and I think it will say it best

2. When is Mardi Gras?

Feb 16 – 21, 2007 Friday – Wednesday

3. Why Go? 2 Tim 2:2 (quote) then Putting the gospel in the hands of faithful men

a. Learn to Witness & Be a Witness

I learned how to share my testimony; share the gospel

b. Stand Against the Stronghold of Satan

1 Cor 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

c. Build Relationships with other men

Prov 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

d. Purify Your Life

2 Sam 22:7 In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

e. Catalyst to Growth

It is what caused me to go from being a Sunday morning Christian to a sold out one

f. Broader View of the Body of Christ

There are diverse gifts…many have never seen nor heard

g. Learn there, come back and do here

Before MG, Robert never carried tracts...now he is never without one

4. What Do You Learn?

a. Pass tracts on the streets and work parades

b. Street Preach

Rom 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

c. Share the Gospel One on One

Matt 4:19 Jesus said, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men

d. Learn to Be a Clown for Jesus

1 Cor 4:10 Paul says “we are fools for Christ’s sake…”

e. Learn to Street March, Sing, and Carry the Cross

Stand and march with other soldiers of Christ

Stand up under the weight of the cross...awesome feeling

5. How Do You Prepare?

Meet and train on Sunday Nights at 7:30 for 5 weeks

Scripture Memory – a verse a week

You will be required to have a daily quiet time and annotate a daily quiet time sheet

You will be required to go through a soul searching & cleansing sheet

Home base is secure and right with wife

Conclusion

It is a time when Kings go to war

David didn’t go...committed adultery and murder

We can all make excuses for not going

Do you want your walk to go deeper...do you desire to be a better husband?

Do you desire to be bold for Jesus? To be a godly leader?

Mardi Gras can be the life changing event you need...it changed mine

What about You O Man of God? Will you be a fisher of men?

Pray


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