I'm In The Lord's Army (2 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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I'm In The Lord's Army (2 of 4)
Series: A Child Like Faith
Jeff Strite
Joshua 5:13- 6:5

(SING)
I may never march in the infantry,
Ride in the cavalry, Shoot the artillery.
I may never fly o'er the enemy, But I'm in the Lord's army. Yes, sir!
I'm in the Lord's army, yes, sir! I'm in the Lord's army, yes, sir!
I may never march in the infantry,
Ride in the cavalry, Shoot the artillery.
I may never fly o'er the enemy, But I'm in the Lord's army. Yes, sir!

ILLUS: Several years back, a major denomination decided there were hymns that were too militaristic for their taste - and they set about removing them from their hymnals.
They deleted songs like "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" - and I'm pretty sure "I'm in the Lord's Army" wouldn't have made the cut either.
Their decision created such an uproar that the denominational leaders later relented and put the songs back in their hymnals.
But, in researching this sermon, I encountered several websites where priests and preachers still reject those hymns.

Despite the hostility that some have toward military terminology in a church setting, the New Testament is loaded with such language.

Paul declared: "I have fought the good fight..." 2 Timothy 4:7

He said that he had stood up for Christ "in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left" 2 Corinthians 6:7

He advised Timothy to "Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs- he wants to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:3-4

And we're told to "… put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:13

And then there's the passage out of Revelation where we have a powerful picture of Jesus. Turn with me to Revelation 19:11-16 as we read about what John des ...


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