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2 Onward Christian Soldier II Timothy 2:3-4; II Timothy 4:7-8 I. Onward Christian Soldier in Following I. Onward Christian Soldier in Following II Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. II Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. A. Following speaks of Relationship A. Following speaks of Relationship 1. Who do you belong to? Yourself … or the Savior of your soul? 1. Who do you belong to? Yourself … or the Savior of your soul? II Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's II Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's

3 B. Following speaks of Rank 1. Falling in or out of position with Christ? 1. Falling in or out of position with Christ? 2. Rank and file … in or out of line? … AWOL? 2. Rank and file … in or out of line? … AWOL? Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 3. Christ is to be first … with you and me falling in behind. 3. Christ is to be first … with you and me falling in behind. II. Onward Christian Soldier in Faithfulness II Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. II Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4 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. 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. II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: A. Faithfulness speaks of Patience 1. Enduring hardships … hard times and tough times of life ought to gear us up as soldiers. 1. Enduring hardships … hard times and tough times of life ought to gear us up as soldiers. 2. Trials an tribulation are our forecast. John 16:33 2. Trials an tribulation are our forecast. John 16:33

5 John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 3. The testing of faith is help us as Christian Soldiers … "to be all you can be in Christ.” 4. The testimony of a true soldier in the Lord's army is … "I have kept the faith."

6 B. Faithfulness speaks of Priorities 1. As Christian Soldiers we are … either engaged or entangled. 2. Engaged in battling the enemy or being entangled (involved) in the "affairs" of this life. 2. Engaged in battling the enemy or being entangled (involved) in the "affairs" of this life. II 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. II 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. 3. Engaged in warfare … our weapons are spiritual and to be used faithfully. Ephesians 6: Engaged in warfare … our weapons are spiritual and to be used faithfully. Ephesians 6:10-18

7 Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

8 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 4. What is the top priority in your life … pleasing self or God? 4. What is the top priority in your life … pleasing self or God? Hebrews 11:6 Hebrews 11:6

9 Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 5. As the enlisted, let us seek to be like our Commander. 5. As the enlisted, let us seek to be like our Commander. III. Onward Christian Soldier in Fighting II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: A. Fighting speaks of Determination A. Fighting speaks of Determination 1. Paul states … "I have fought" … to strive endlessly … to contend with the adversary. 1. Paul states … "I have fought" … to strive endlessly … to contend with the adversary. 2. Determination comes out of the mind set, “I will regardless …" 2. Determination comes out of the mind set, “I will regardless …"

10 Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. B. Fighting speaks of Dedication B. Fighting speaks of Dedication 1. "Good fight" … of faith in God. 1. "Good fight" … of faith in God. I Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 2. Paul experienced victories and defeats … yet remained dedicated to the Lord. 2. Paul experienced victories and defeats … yet remained dedicated to the Lord. 3. As Christian Soldiers … we must go onward and dedicate ourselves to the cause of Christ. 3. As Christian Soldiers … we must go onward and dedicate ourselves to the cause of Christ. IV. Onward Christian Soldier in Finishing

11 II Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 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 appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 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 appearing. A. Finishing speaks of Readiness A. Finishing speaks of Readiness 1. Readiness Principle.. prepared for service and action … prepared in Word & prayer 1. Readiness Principle.. prepared for service and action … prepared in Word & prayer I Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, I Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

12 2. Paul can say "I have fought, finished, kept" in the "past tense" because he lived it in the "present tense." 2. Paul can say "I have fought, finished, kept" in the "past tense" because he lived it in the "present tense." 3. Are you ready for battle? You will battle so be ready! 3. Are you ready for battle? You will battle so be ready! B. Finishing speaks of Reward B. Finishing speaks of Reward 1. Battling is but for a day … the rewards are for an eternity. 1. Battling is but for a day … the rewards are for an eternity. 2. No crown without a cross … "with the cross of Jesus, going on before." 2. No crown without a cross … "with the cross of Jesus, going on before." 3. Words of commendation 3. Words of commendation Matthew 25:21; Matthew 25:23 Matthew 25:21; Matthew 25:23

13 Matthew 25:21 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. Matthew 25:23 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 lord. Matthew 25:21 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. Matthew 25:23 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 lord. 4. We need to long for the finish line and live for the One who awaits us there. 4. We need to long for the finish line and live for the One who awaits us there. II Timothy 2:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith II Timothy 2:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith


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