“THE SECRET OF BEING A GOOD SOLDIER”
JULY 4, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: 2 TIMOTHY 2:1-13
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 2:4
No man that
warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this
life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to
be a soldier.
Anything and everything we
have in Christ Jesus must be attributed to God’s
We rely on God’s Grace for everything we have.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God
I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed
upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more
abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace
of God which was with me.
It is only through God’s Grace that we can serve Him
as a good soldier.
Most anyone can join the
military, but it takes a real special person to
become a good soldier.
Three things it takes to be a good soldier:
We must be strong.
We must be faithful.
We must be focused.
I. WE MUST BE STRONG.
2 Timothy 2:1
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus.
A. WE MUST FIRST BECOME WEAK
BEFORE WE CAN BECOME STRONG.
In order for us to be strong in the Grace of the
Lord, we must become weak within ourselves.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure
through the abundance of the revelations, there was
given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of
Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above
measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me. And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is
made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will
I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure
in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for
when I am weak, then am I strong.
It is in our weakness that God produces strength in
B. IT IS ONLY IN THE STRENGTH OF
GRACE THAT WE CAN BECOME
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be
afraid of them: for the Lord
thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will
not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a
good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou
dismayed: for the Lord
thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
That he would grant you, according to the riches
of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his
Spirit in the inner man;
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and
in the power of his might.
I can do all things through Christ which
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all
pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened
with all might, according to his glorious power,
unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
II. WE MUST BE FAITHFUL IN THE FACE OF
“Faithful men [are those] who will sincerely aim at
the glory of God, the honour of Christ, the welfare
of souls, and the advancement of the kingdom of the
Redeemer among men”
Commentary, Vol.5, pg. 837).
2 Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier
of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 2:11-13
It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with
him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer, we
shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also
will deny us: if we believe not, yet he abideth
faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and
said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not
careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so,
our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the
burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of
thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known
unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods,
nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
What is the god that Satan is trying to get you to
In America we do not face persecution nearly as much
as we face temptation.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come
after me, cannot be my disciple.
The cross we are often called to bear is that of
III. WE MUST BE FOCUSED.
2 Timothy 2:4
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the
affairs of this life; that he may please him who
hath chosen him to be a soldier.
A. MUST BE FOCUSED ON
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom
shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith; who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set
down at the right hand of the throne of God.
B. MUST NOT ALLOW ANYONE OR ANYTHING TO
INTERFERE WITH HIS
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his
hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the
kingdom of God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies
of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And
be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
2 Timothy 4:9-10
Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: for Demas
hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,
and is departed unto Thessalonica…
C. MUST BE FOCUSED ON HIS TASK.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy
might; for there is no work, nor device, nor
knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou
2 Peter 3:13-14
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look
for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye
look for such things, be diligent that ye may be
found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Then the presidents and princes sought to find
occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but
they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch
as he was faithful, neither was there any error or
fault found in him.
1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man
be found faithful.
And so he that had received five talents came and
brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou
deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have
gained beside them five talents more. His lord said
unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant:
thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into
the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two
talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto
me two talents: behold, I have gained two other
talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well
done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler
over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy
CONCLUSION: The retirement plan for a Good
Soldier of the Lord is out of this world.
2 Timothy 4:5-8
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions,
do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy
ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the
time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a
good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not
to me only, but unto all them also that love his
“TRACING THE BLOOD COVENANT”
JULY 11, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 11:23-32
SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 10:16-17
This is the
covenant that I will make with them after those
days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their
hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and
their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
The Bible tells us many
TRUTHS but three of the most important are:
That we are all sinners separated from God.
That we are unable to cleanse ourselves from
sin and reunite ourselves with God.
That God, through His Grace and the blood of
His Son, Jesus Christ, has provided away that we
can be restored.
Until we believe the first
Truth we will never be concerned with the
second Truth, and until we believe the first
two Truths we will never seek to find
redemption in the third Truth.
The central theme throughout the Bible is the
redemption of fallen man.
This central truth is revealed in the Blood
It is only by allowing God to apply the Blood of His
Son, Jesus Christ to our lives that we can be
cleansed from our sins.
Hebrews 9:22 (GW)
As Moses' Teachings tell
us, blood was used to cleanse almost everything,
because if no blood is shed, no sins can be
We worship and serve a Covenant God.
The Covenant of Blood is an agreement between God
and all sinners who chose to accept this agreement,
that all their sins are thoroughly cleanses through
the Blood of Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all
TRACING THE BLOOD COVENANT.
A. THE BLOOD COVENANT
IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
The Covenant of Blood had
its beginning in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and
between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy
head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord
God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
All though the shedding of blood in not mentioned it is
implied by the fact that God makes them clothes of
THE BLOOD COVENANT AND ABEL.
Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his
flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord
had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
The first time a blood sacrifice is mentioned is the
sacrifice of Abel.
THE BLOOD COVENANT AND NOAH.
Genesis 8:20-21 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord;
and took of every clean beast, and of every clean
fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And the Lord
smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord
said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground
any more for man's sake; for the imagination of
man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I
again smite any more every thing living, as I have
The next account of a blood
sacrifice is when Noah left the Ark.
THE BLOOD COVENANT AND ABRAHAM.
The Bible is silent about
blood sacrifices until Abraham, several hundreds of
Abraham made blood sacrifices several times
before his great sacrifice, that of his son Isaac.
Genesis 22:7-8 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My
father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said,
Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb
for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My
son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt
offering: so they went both of them together.
THE BLOOD COVENANT AND MOSES.
Exodus 12:5, 7, 12-13
Your lamb shall be without
blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it
out from the sheep, or from the goats… And they
shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two
side posts and on the upper door post of the houses,
wherein they shall eat it…For I will pass through
the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the
firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast;
and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute
judgment: I am the Lord.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the
houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I
will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon
you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Moses was instructed by God
to institute the Passover.
Throughout the rest of the
books of the Law there are many incidences and
instructions concerning blood sacrifices.
THE BLOOD COVENANT AND RAHAB.
Joshua 2:17-19 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of
this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind
this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou
didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy
father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all
thy father's household, home unto thee. And it
shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors
of thy house into the street, his blood shall be
upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and
whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood
shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
The scarlet cord saved Rahab, the harlot, and her family,
which is a symbol of the Blood Covenant.
G. THE BLOOD COVENANT AND DAVID.
2 Samuel 24:18, 24-25
And Gad came that day to
David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto
in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. And
the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely
buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer
burnt offerings unto the Lord
my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David
bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty
shekels of silver. And David built there an altar
unto the Lord,
and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So
was intreated for the land, and the plague was
stayed from Israel.
David made a Blood Sacrifice to stop the plague that God
sent because David had number Israel.
ii. What does each
of these accounts teach us about the
THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
It was God who
initiated the blood sacrifice.
THE SACRIFICE OF ABEL.
sacrifice is the only acceptable sacrifice for sin.
THE SACRIFICE OF NOAH.
It allows us a
THE SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM.
God, Himself will provide
must be perfect.
THE SCARLET CORD.
Covenant is available to all who will accept it.
THE SACRIFICE OF DAVID.
God chose to give His very best.
III. THE FULFILLMENT OF THE BLOOD COVENANT.
1 Corinthians 11:25 (NLT)
In the same way, he took the
cup of wine after supper, saying, "This cup is the
new covenant between God and you, sealed by the
shedding of my blood. Do this in remembrance of me
as often as you drink it."
Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things
to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle,
not made with hands, that is to say, not of this
building; neither by the blood of goats and calves,
but by his own blood he entered in once into the
holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for
us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the
ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much
more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge your conscience from dead works to serve the
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by
the word of their testimony; and they loved not
their lives unto the death.
“THE GLUE THAT HOLDS US TOGETHER”
JULY 18, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: COLOSSIANS 3: 8-17
SCRIPTURE TEXT: COLOSSIANS 3:14 (NASB)
And beyond all these things put on love, which is
the perfect bond of unity.
One of the greatest
contributors to bring success to any given group is
unity, and one of the greatest contributors to
failure is the lack of unity.
If we are to be a successful church we must have
I. UNITY THE MUSCLE OF THE CHURCH.
It is in our unity that we
have the power to be a positive influence in our
community for Christ.
A. UNITY IS BLESSED BY GOD.
Psalm 133:1-3 A Song of degrees of
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in unity! It is
like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran
down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went
down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of
Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the
mountains of Zion: for there the Lord
commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
It is through our unity
that we become more like Christ.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
B. UNITY OF THE FAITH.
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be
prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be
pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for
works of service, so that the body of Christ may be
built up until we all reach unity in the faith and
in the knowledge of the Son of God and become
mature, attaining to the whole measure of the
fullness of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:10 Brothers and sisters, I
encourage all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ to agree with each other and not to split
into opposing groups. I want you to be united in
your understanding and opinions.
C. UNITY OF PURPOSE.
The purpose of the Church
has always been and will always be, to win souls to
The method may change but the goal must remains the
same, reach the unsaved with the Gospel of
Philippians 1:27 (GW)
Live as citizens who
reflect the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I
come to see you or whether I stay away, I'll hear
all about you. I'll hear that you are firmly united
in spirit, united in fighting for the faith that the
Good News brings.
It is through a unity front and effort that the
Gospel can be sent forth that will produce the
results that God desires.
II. DISUNITY WILL PRODUCE FAILURE.
As unity will bring
victory, disunity will produce failure.
But he, knowing their
thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided
against itself is brought to desolation; and a house
divided against a house falleth.
How is disunity shown in a
The Old Testament is filled with examples how Israel
continued to frustrate the desires of God for them,
by their unwillingness to work together in unity.
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness who
utters lies, and one who spreads strife (discord)
Murmuring & complaining.
Critical of the leadership.
A church that is constantly fighting among itself
will never achieve the success that God has planned
When new people come to a church that is filled with
disunity, they will not stay.
III. WHAT WILL
PRODUCE UNITY AND DISPEL DISUNITY?
God has given us the glue that will produce the
unity we need in order to fulfill the task He have
given us to do.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I could speak in any language in heaven or on
earth but didn't love others, I would only be making
meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging
cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy,
and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and
knew everything about everything, but didn't love
others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift
of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and
make it move, without love I would be no good to
anybody. If I gave everything I have to the
poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast
about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of
no value whatsoever.
Love is the key to living
the Christian life, as God wants us to live.
A. LOVE FOR GOD.
Until we love God, as we
ought we will never be able to the brethren, the
lost or ourselves, as we should.
Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT) Jesus replied, " 'You
must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all
your soul, and all your mind.' This is the
first and greatest commandment. A second is equally
important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
God is Love
and the more we love God the more that God is in us,
and the more of God that is in us, the more love we
B. LOVE FOR OURSELVES.
One of the great
contributors to disunity within the Church is the
kind of love many have for themselves.
How can we truly love others unless we lean to
If we do not love
ourselves, we will have no desire to see other being
If we love ourselves too much this will also
effect how we love others.
We will seek to have our
own way and will fail to seek the betterment of
C. LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN.
John 13:35 (NLT) Your love
for one another will prove to the world that you are
1 Corinthians 10:33 (NLT)
That is the plan I follow, too. I try to please
everyone in everything I do. I don't just do what I
like or what is best for me, but what is best for
them so they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:24 (NLT) Don't
think only of your own good. Think of other
Christians and what is best for them.
1 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT)
Love does not demand its own way.
FOR THE LOST.
A person who does not have a burden or love for the
unsaved must question his love for God.
only available because God has a love for the lost.
Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV) Rescue those being led
away to death; hold back those staggering toward
slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing
about this," does not he who weighs the heart
perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know
it? Will he not repay each person according to what
he has done?
Matthew 25:41-46 (NIV) "Then he will say
to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are
cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil
and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave
me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me
nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not
invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not
clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not
look after me.' "They also will answer,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a
stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison,
and did not help you?' "He will reply, 'I tell
you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of
the least of these, you did not do for me.'
"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but
the righteous to eternal life."
Let us strive for unity
1 Corinthians 13:13 There are three things
that will endure—faith, hope, and love—and the
greatest of these is love.
“FROM THE GUTTERMOST TO THE UTTERMOST”
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 7:36-50
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
One thing we must remember,
God’s Grace reaches to all men and women regardless
of who or what there are.
1 Timothy 2:3-4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of
God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved,
and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as
some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance.
Repentance involves two turns.
1. There is a negative turn away from sin,
whether sins of thought or action.
v The change is
turning away from lying, stealing, cheating,
immorality, cursing, drunkenness, and the other
so-called glaring sins of the flesh. But
the change is also turning away from the
silent sins of the spirit such as
self-centeredness, selfishness, envy, bitterness,
pride, covetousness, anger, evil thoughts,
hopelessness, laziness, jealousy, and lust.
2. And a positive turn toward God in faith,
trust and obedience.
v Many people have
tried to turn away from a life of sin but have
failed to turn towards God.
Repentance is more than sorrow. Sorrow
may or may not be involved in repentance. A person
may repent simply because he wills and acts to
change; or a person may repent because he senses an
agonizing sorrow within. But the sense or feeling of
sorrow is not repentance. Repentance is both the
change of mind and the actual turning of one’s life
away from sin and toward God.
God does not want anyone to be lost
but that doesn’t mean that everyone will be saved.
Only those who truly repent, turn away
from sin and turn towards God, will be saved.
There were present at that season some that told
him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had
mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering
said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans
were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they
suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except
ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those
eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and
slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all
men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but,
except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
There are those who feel they are beyond Salvation.
There are those who believe there are
certain types of sinners who are beyond Salvation.
I wish to share with you several who
many consider beyond Salvation, and who may have
considered themselves beyond redemption.
I. RAHAB THE HARLOT. JOSHUA 2
There are two major reasons why people thought she
was beyond Salvation.
1. Because of her
2. Because of her
These two reasons are still used today
to claim someone is beyond redemption.
v She was not an
God had told them that they were to destroy all the
inhabitance of the land, men, women and children.
But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt
save alive nothing that breatheth: but thou shalt
utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the
Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the
Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the Lord
thy God hath commanded thee:
There are people found within
‘Christianity’ who hate those of a different
nationality and consider them beyond God’s grace.
v She was a Harlot
Again God spoke against her lifestyle.
A priest was not allowed to marry a
A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or a
harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a
virgin of his own people to wife.
God’s Grace always precedes His
Often God chooses the most unlikely to
do His greatest work.
Three of the five women named in the genealogy of
Jesus were either a harlot or an adulterous and the
fourth was of a condemned nationality.
Too often we judge very harshly those whose life
style does not agree with ours.
II. ZACCHAEUS THE TAX COLLECTOR. LUKE
There were three things
that made Zacchaeus an unlikely candidate for
HIS OCCUPATION: TAX COLLECTOR
The tax collector was the most despised person in
the Jewish community.
consider a person unable to be saved because of the
kind of work they do.
2. Sports figure
4. Bar Tender
5. Casino Worker
HE WAS A TRAITOR TO HIS OWN COUNTRY.
In order to be a tax collector you had to turn you
back on your own countrymen and join forces with the
HIS FINANCIAL STATUS: HE WAS VERY RICH
Even Jesus said it would be hard for a rich man to
enter into Heaven.
Matthew 19:23, 24 Then said Jesus unto
his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich
man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, it is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a
rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
(Mark 10:25 & Luke 18:25)
Zacchaeus with the Rich Young Rule: Matthew
And the cares of this world, and the
deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other
things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh
1 Timothy 6:9
But they that will be rich fall into temptation
and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful
lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Our reasoning that the rich cannot be saved is often
bred out of jealousy.
It does not say they cannot be saved, but rather it
is very difficult, yet God’s Grace can do what we
consider as impossible.
III. SAUL OF TARSUS: A MURDERER. ACTS
Saul fought against the
very God who offered His Saving Grace.
There are four reasons why Saul should not be able
to be saved:
HE WAS A HIGHLY EDUCATED RELIGIOUS MAN
HE DID NOT BELIEVE IN JESUS
HE WAS A MURDERER
HE PERSECUTED THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
When true repentance comes,
turning away from sin and turning to Jesus, anyone
can and will be saved.
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