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“ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS, MARCHING AS TO WAR, WITH THE CROSS OF JESUS…”

26 Jan

Onward, Christian Soldiers!!

(The Militancy of God’s People)

Intro.

1.  Militancy of God’s people is exhorted in song: Onward, Christian Soldier.

2.  Militant: “Engaged in warfare or combat… aggressively active (as in a cause)” (Webster).   Are you ready for battle?

3.  Bible says, “Fight the good fight of faith,” 1 Tim. 6:12.

   a.  Some Christians say, “I’m just tired of fighting!”

   b.  We must “fight the good fight of faith” to lay hold of eternal life, 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7-8.

4.  cf. Phinehas: “he was zealous with My zeal among them…so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal,” Num. 25:1-12 (11). “He went after the man of Israel…” 25:8; Obtained peace, 25:12.

5.  Jesus (zeal for God’s house), Jno. 2:13-17.

6.  Without genuine faith we will not be militant (aggressive, zealous) for God, Deut. 1:28-32.

  a.  Such faithlessness causes discouragement and despair.

  b.  The “smooth things” that are not the “right things” reject the militancy of faith God requires of His people, Isa. 30:9-10.

 

-Christians must have a militant attitude plus an aggressive (zealous) practice of our faith. The militancy of God’s people should be apparent in the following: 

 

1.  Be militant in obeying (applying) truth, Heb. 5:11-14; Jas. 1:21-22; 1 Jno. 2:3-6 (Phil. 2:12).

  a.  In growing as a Christian, Heb. 5:11-14; 6:3.

  b.  In teaching the gospel (trying to save people), Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:21.

    1)  Relationship evangelism? Prov. 11:30; Jude 22-23

    2)  Social gospel to “draw” to Christ?  Jno. 6:44-45; 1 Cor. 2:1-2

  c.  In moral living, 1 Cor. 15:33-34; Matt. 5:13-16; Rom. 13:13-14.

 

2.  Be militant in contending for the faith, Jude 3.

  a.  There are many adversaries, 1 Cor. 16:8-9 (The devil leads the charge, 1 Pet. 5:8).

  b.  Therefore…fight!  1 Cor. 15:32; 1 Tim. 6:12 (Eph. 6:12)

  c.  Some don’t contend because they have been convinced that the faith is not absolute, plain and complete, 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (Jno. 8:31-32).

  d.  Some don’t contend because they confuse contending with contentiousness, 2 Tim. 2:14-15, 23-26.

3.  Be militant in resisting the devil (sin, evil, error), Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:8-9.

  a.  Give no place to the devil, Eph. 4:27Withstand (resist, oppose), Eph. 6:13.

  b.  Requires a priority & unwavering commitment of faith, Dan. 3:17-18 (Matt. 6:33).

  c.  Do not “put up with” sin & error, or with those who promote it, 2 Cor. 11:3-4, 16-20 (19-20); Gal. 2:5.

 

4.  Be militant in standing in the faith (1 Cor. 16:13; Eph. 6:10-13, 14-17).  (“Stand up, stand up for Jesus”) 2 Ths. 2:15

  a.  Stand your ground (a matter of character: cf. The Alamo), Rom. 8:31, 37.

  b.  Steadfast in the faith, Col. 2:5-7; 1 Cor. 15:58 (cf. 2 Tim. 4:3-5).

  c.  Be strong and take courage in the strength of the Lord, Eph. 6:10.

 

Conclusion

1.  Gal. 4:18: Good to always be zealous for what is good (truth).

2.  2 Cor. 10:3-6: We must militantly (aggressively) obey the truth, contend for the faith, resist the devil and stand up for Jesus or we will be devoured, defeated and eternally lost.

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