Summary: Useful sermon for patriotic holidays that discusses how Christians can maintain courage (like soldiers).
Note: Much of the information in this sermon was taken verbatim, from sermons on the www.sermoncentral.com Web site as follows: A Call to Courage (David DeWitt), Be Strong and Courageous (James Galbraith), Turning Chains into Courage (Dana Chau), Valuable Lessons for the Day of Battle (William Morris), Am I a Soldier of the Cross? (Paul Etterling), and Remembering our Freedom (Damian Phillips).
Prayer: Dear Lord, we ask you to help us today to remember and honor the current and the fallen soldiers and the courage they have displayed in protecting our nation. We ask that you help us to display that same kind of courage daily in the lives that we lead. Amen
Joshua 1:9: In which Jesus was reassuring Joshua who had taken the place of Moses and was leading 2 million Israelites into a new land - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you may go."
Psalm 139: 7-10 - In which David spoke of God’s omnipresence - "Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens you are there, if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."
Memorial Day is tomorrow, and during this time we honor and remember those courageous men and women who are serving and who have died to keep our country free. President Bush just spoke along side the new WWII memorial in Washington D.C. to remember those lost. Over two and one-half million have given their lives in wars in the last two centuries to preserve our freedom. In the 1900s there was WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf war, and now the war in Iraq.
Jesus said in John 15:132, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." The soldiers, who died to keep our country free, also died out of love for their friends and family. We must never forget the sacrifice that they made out of love for country, and for family and friends.
These soldiers displayed courage and today, I want to talk with you about another kind of courage. In a sense, we are all soldiers of the cross and in this role we serve Christ in fighting the battle of faith, in defeating Satan as our foe. And as we remember those who have fought, maintained, and served our nation in defense of freedom and democracy, so we must remember on this day that we are also called to serve, that we have obligations to fight a different kind of war.
The war that we fight may not look like the war in Iraq, because it is a spiritual war. As the bible says in Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. " I want to talk with you today about how to have courage as a Christian soldier. This role is just as important as the role of our soldiers when they fight our physical wars.