Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
November 11, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Christian Soldier
Description

The Christian Soldier
“Thou therefore endure hardship, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”.  2nd Tim. 2:3.
The Institutional First Baptist Church of Albany,
Georgia observes Veteran Day during its worship the
Second Sunday in November. In general, one of our
veteran ministers would deliver the sermon, but on the
occasion of 2018 the pastor, a non veteran, has chosen
the preach today. His sermon has been entitled, The
Christian Soldier and it will include three dimensions,
namely: to give a synopsis of Veterans Day, to highlight
warfare in Biblical History and to depict a Christian Soldier.
Prior to addressing these specified topics, it is deemed
appropriate to assert that the word, Christian, as used
with soldier makes no claim that a soldier must be a
Christian nor is every Christian a soldier. Instead, the
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subject was lifted from Paul’s charge to Timothy to function
as a good soldier for Jesus Christ.  Hence, the sermon
focuses on duties and requirements for being a good soldier
for Jesus Christ. Having, thus, anchored the subject,
attention will now be focused on the earlier specified
concerns, the first of which is – to briefly highlight Veterans
Day. The original name for this day was Armistice Day. It
was signed after the end of World War I and was “known at
the time as The Great War. It was signed at 11:00 o’clock,
on the 11th day of the 11th Month in 1918. Commemorated as
Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th
became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938.
In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War,
Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to
American veterans of all wars.
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Having shared some background on the history of
Veteran Day, the second aspect of this sermon is – to
take a glance at warfare during Biblical times. From the
conquest of Canaan to the crucifixion of Jesus, there were
hostile confrontation usually known as wars. The men were
thought as soldiers; they wore specific uniforms and
carried different instruments for use in battles. As noted
in Numbers 1:3, it is recorded that God instructed Moses
to conduct the first census and note every male, “From
twenty years older and upward, all that are able to go
forth to war in Israel: thy and Aaron shall number them
by their armies”.
From the time of that first census, numerous wars were
fought during the Old Testament Era. Probably, the most
popularized and nearly immortalized was Joshua’ war at

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Jericho. The fact is, however, that God fought the war and
Joshua merely carried out the divine orders. Whereas the
wars during the Old Testament were largely nationalistic
and territorially fought, the New Testament purpose was
religious with an emphasis on curbing, if not eliminating,
the new sect viewed in Rome as a threat to its stability.
The sermon today will be confined to three incidents in
which the Rome sought to cope with the envisioned
problem. First King Herod sought to find the “so called
King of the Jews. His intent was to kill the Christ child.
Upon being deceived, Herod issued a mandate that all
male babies under three years of age should be killed.
His plot failed to get the Christ child because an angel
had instructed Joseph, Mary and the little child and flee
to Egypt. The second incident of warriors involved the

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events surrounding and leading to the crucifixion of Jesus.
The act was carried out be Roman soldiers. They were
successful in crucifying Jesus, but not able to prevent his
resurrection.  The third war like situation involve Saul of
Tarsus who requested and was granted to go to Damascus
to bound and kill the resistant Christians and bring the
compliant ones back to Rome. It is well known how that
persecuting soldier was converted on the Damascus road.
Upon having his sight restore, Saul became a converted
soldier; he changed his name to Paul as memorial of one
of his earlier converts, Sergius Paulus, he devoted the rest
of his life to preaching, teaching, establishing churches,
taking missionary journeys and, in the text today, he calls
upon Timothy to endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus
Christ.
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Paul’s charge to Timothy leaps across the annals of
time and calls to contemporary humanity to become a
soldier of Jesus Christ. That charge will now be examined
as the third, and final, dimension of this sermon. As noted
the subject is The Christian Soldier. In terms of rationale,
the word Christian was added in recognition of the fact that
anyone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior is, at the
same time, known as a Christian. From this perspective, the
following discussion will highlight some features of the
Christian soldier in contrast with the military soldier.
Whereas the military soldier may volunteer or be drafted,
the Christian soldier is always by volunteering. This fact
is taught in Romans 10: 9 “That if thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
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saved. In military terminology, such a person in now in the
Christian army. Just as there are rules for the military
soldier so are their expectations for the Christian soldier,
some of which are: to love the Lord thy God, to love thy
neighbor as thy self, to abide by the Beatitudes, to possess
faith, to grieve not the Holy Spirit, and to be faithful unto
death. The expectations, unlike the military soldier’s rules
are not found in a civil manual; they are, instead, found in
the Holy Bible. Whereas violation of military codes can lead
to court martial, violations of Biblical teachings, often slow
in coming, will appear at the judgment seat of Christ. This
certainty is found in the hymnal words, “ That awful day will
surely come when I must stand before my judge…”. There
is another difference between the two soldiers; it is that
of rising through the military ranks and, even being featured
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in parades whereas the Christian soldier must be contented
while waiting the Great White Thorn gathering when Christ
shall be crowned King of King and Lord of Lords. Lastly,
the military soldier may well be decorated with innumerable
awards and even stars, the Christian must be contented
while awaiting the Master’s promised a “crown of life”.
So in closing, we have looked at the Christian Soldier
and noted that this position is vastly different from the
military soldier. Unlike the military arena that includes
volunteering and drafting, the Christian soldier so becomes
through volunteering. Both soldiers honor a flag, but the
flags are different; the military soldier honors the national
flag and the one of his division. The Christian soldier, also,
honors the national flag, but places major emphasis on the
Christian flag. Finally, the hymnal question is posed to

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viewers and/or hearers of this sermon, “ Am I a soldier of
the cross, a follower of the Lamb? And shall I fear to own
His cause, Or blush to speak his name?…Sure I must fight.
If would reign; increase my courage, Lord; I’ll bear the
toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy Word.” Amen.

 

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