Text: 2 Timothy 2:1-4
The military establishment of the Roman Empire assured its tranquility and success.
- has a country to love,
- has property to defend,
- has a share in enacting laws which were to their interest and duty to maintain.
- is trained never to desert their standard
- submit his own will to the commands of the leaders,
- sacrifice his life for the good of the nation
- Roman soldiers were inspired by pay which was excellent.
- Knows valor alone is not enough. Military exercises are vital and continuous.
- Roman soldiers used arms in the exercises were double the weight of those used in actual warfare.
The soldier of the cross has the following things.
- Be strong…
- Exercise is an integral part of a soldier’s training. The body is pushed; muscles are broken down to rebuild themselves stronger, more flexible,
- Military might is very valuable. Strength in war can persuade the enemy. Strength by destroying the enemy or a show of strength that would intimidate the enemy.
- But the weapons of our warfare are not carna
- Strong in God’s grace
- Grace to save
- Grace to sanctify – same grace that saves is the grace the keeps you
- Grace to serve
- Grace to suffer
- A good soldier has the ability to pass on what he has learned to the faithful.
- See four generations of wisdom in verse two. Paul to Timothy to faithful men who teach other faithful men.
- A good soldier is looking for good men to train because he sees a bigger picture than himself. He recognizes that the mission is what is important. And if he can multiply himself then much more can be accomplished.
- A good soldier looks for men to train
- Good candidate for training has a good testimony.
- Good candidate is teachable and humble
- Good candidate is already obedient where he is at.
- Passing on wisdom requires you to
- Have patience
- Spend time with the ones you’re training.
- Take him with you
- Put him in the work
- Share the vision
- Pray with them
- BUDS training – Mental endurance
- Day in and day out, sleepless, hunger, stressed, thirsty
- Water training – go for the blackout
- Hardness from the world
- Hardness from the flesh
- Hardness from the brethren
- Paul says endure it. That is, stay faithful through it. Don’t lose sight of your hope.
- Why endure it? Because you’ll find that hardness will help chip away the rough spots and will make you more like Jesus Christ.
- Mission minded – the mission is the only thing.
- Distraction is a tool of the enemy.