The Lord's Army

II Timothy 2:3-4

I grew up with a military influence in my life. As a child I played 'Army' with the other neighborhood children. When the weather was bad, I played 'Army' with my little toy Army men in my room. As I got older I watched as my brothers and their friends one by one would leave home and join the military. My father, and both of my brothers, served in the US Navy. While other friends at school talked about what college they planned to attend, I talked about when I would join up and what training I would receive.

I graduated from high school in 1969, at a time when the war in Viet Nam was not only unpopular here at home, but it was also frightening to young men of draft age. Having enlisted prior to graduation, I volunteered to serve in Viet Nam, but by the time my training was completed, the war was basically over.

I had watched the 'peace' demonstrations on the evening news and had grown up hearing about Conscientious Objectors. Most of them objected to the war on the basis of their religious beliefs. I didn't really understand it all, but at that time there was a lot I didn't understand. It wasn't until after I became a Christian that I understood the connection between war and the believer. [2]

I. Why an Army?

II. Chosen by God

III. Good Soldiers

This morning, do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? If not may I invite you to come allow us to share the Word of Truth with you that you might be born again?

Christians, are we serving as faithful and good soldiers in the army of the Lord? Or are we AWOL? Jesus promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." We are challenged to go forward for the cause of Christ and be good soldiers for Him.