Guarding The Gospel

Parading Of The Guard (Part 1)

1Timothy 2:1-8

Introduction

Do you remember the recruiting posters for the US military?  I want you or This vacation visit beautiful Vietnam.  Today I want to tell you that there is a WANTED poster for those who are prepared to defend the gospel against false teachings.

In God's spiritual army there are both men and women soldiers.  Forgive me ladies - you will get your turn next week.  

A.  Men Soldiers And Their Society

"When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battles is your calling, peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy,  with all the fire of your faith."  Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), Dutch pastor, theologian and statesman.   It is the pray-ers that most know what to do when society loses its way.  We the people are to take an active interest in our government.

Men soldiers, your guardianshp of the Gospel is so as to produce peace in the society all around you - your home, your extended family, your Church, your work place - your town.

Societal upheaval can have a very bad effect.  We want a settles society.  "3.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, (4) who wants all peoplel to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."  Men, are you doing all you can to work for peace?

B.  Men Soldiers And Their Savior

I have three questions for you men:  Are you saved from self-effort?  Are you saved from multiple idolatries?  Are you saved from earning your way to heaven?  If there is even a slight "no" is your answer, you need to go back and dwell on this verse:  "5. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus (6) who gave himself as a ransom for all people."  

Evil has kidnapped the hearts of everyone on earth.  The price of their release was the death of God's Son our Lord Jesus.  He now appears as our representative in heaven.

Ah, but you men were saved from the world to be sent right back to it.  Paul write:                       "(6b)  This has now been witnessed  at the proper time. (7) And for this purpose I was appointed a herald...and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles."   Men, your calling is that of Servant to the Gospel.  God is counting on you.  Are you counting on Him for the strength to be a Herald for your Savior?

C.  Men Soldiers And Their Service

If Church belongs in a family - if the message of the love of God and the plan of salvation belongs in a family - conclude then that a result of this well done is that the family belongs in a church.  You need to be the example of service to Jesus through His Church somewhere.

The Primary ministry of a man on guard over his family, his church, and his country is a ministry of prayer.  We used to say "7 days without prayer makes one weak."

"(8) Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands."  

Brothers - the devil is prowling to rob you of pure thoughts.  The most powerful prayers come from minds that are pure.  That love for a secret sin - that feeling that life wouldn't be as good without that sin - that is what robs you of personal holiness.  Give it up, brother.

Conclusion

What America need most these days is a few good men.  Men who know their Savior.  Servants of God who know their Savior can STILL touch and influence and sometimes even change society.  Men,...Jesus says to you today, en garde.