Soldier of Christ
training as a Marine during boot camp at Paris Island
emphasized the need for a soldier to be physically fit, mentally
and under authority.
It wasn’t long
before I realized who was giving the orders and the consequences
others if they were not obeyed.
Timothy 2: 1-7 provides the ground rules
for being a soldier for Christ. Like
soldier in an earthly battle, a soldier in a spiritual battle
for battle and understand that casualties are expected,
be experienced and orders must be followed.
He must, “apprehend what he has been apprehended for!”
soldier of Christ is instructed by God’s word concerning his
mission, what to expect and who his commander-in-chief is.
If God is on our side - we win.
we are going to become soldiers in the army of Christ what are
characteristics we should possess? What kind of training do we
2 Timothy 2: 1-7 Scripture provides four characteristics or
soldier of Christ which provide
into the training needed and what can be expected.
The first of these characteristics is stated
as a command from Paul to Timothy in verse 1.
soldier of Christ needs strength
We must stir up
ourselves (choose) to accept the
grace provided to us by Christ (v.1.)
to find his strength in Christ
b. We must be strong in the grace -
be continually strengthened in the
grace which is freely
and not look to ourselves or
others for the strength
which will be needed.
second characteristic or expectation of a soldier of Christ is
soldier of Christ needs to be prepared for hardship
pain, suffering, casualties -
when these things happen don’t be surprised.
Paul is certainly in a position to provide living
in this area. (v.3.)
b. Note the emphasis on “good
soldier of Jesus Christ”. He is the
that strength is required (and will be given), and knowing that
be expected, we now move on to the objective of a soldier of
What are our marching orders?
soldier of Christ has an objective - a primary goal
What you have
heard from me - entrust to faithful
men to pass on to others.
EVANGELIZE THE WORLD. Consider
law of multiplication.
1. (Illustration) Story
of man entering a huge hall in heaven filled with thousands. He
recognizes only two people he witnessed
to - all the rest are there
as a result.
b. Paul is saying -consider your
calling, consider the message you have heard, consider the good
the gospel -
DEPOSIT it in
order to carry out the goal - to realize the objective - to
soldier must be under authority; the fourth characteristic of a
Christ (vs 4 & 5)
soldier of Christ is under authority
hearted devotion to obeying (pleasing) the commander-in-chief;
single minded, unwavering,
The crown is won when we fight in accordance with the
Crown will go to those who are willing to
obey - to lay down their lives - to submit - to surrender their
members of their bodies to Jesus Christ.
good soldier of Christ will KNOW that his strength
comes from an omnipotent
God, his endurance will be sustained by a loving and
his objective is
approved by an omniscient (all knowing God),
authority comes from a sovereign God who sits in the
what HE pleases.