by Steve Wagers

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Am I A Soldier of the Cross?
Steve Wagers
Colossians 1:23-29

1. In the western section of London stands a cemetery known as Bunhill Field. It was known as a "dissenters" cemetery. Many that had left the church of England, and dissented, were buried in what was known as 'No Man's Field,' known today as Bunhill Field. Among those buried there are William Dafoe, the man who wrote "Robinson Crusoe;" John Bunyan who penned the immortal work, "Pilgrim's Progress;" and, Susannah Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley. However, also buried there is a man by the name of Isaace Watts. Isaac Watts is known as the "Father of English Hymnology!" It was from his pen that we received hymns such as "At Calvary", and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", which Spurgeon called the "most perfect hymn ever written."

2. Watts penned over 600 hymns during his life, none of which are more moving than one he penned during a dark time in England. In his time, much persecution was inflicted upon the "dissenters" from the Anglican church. In fact, Watts' father, a dissenting deacon, was in prison at the time of Isaac's birth, because of his non-conformist beliefs. Stalwarts such as Isaac Watts became resolute, and fearless, in their proclamation of the gospel. It was from this conviction that Isaac Watts penned the great hymn, "Am I A Soldier of the Cross?"

"Am I a soldier of the Cross,
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name.

Are there no foes for me to face,
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?"

3. The day that we were saved we were drafted into God's eternal army. We were enlisted, enabled, empowered, and equipped to stand on the front lines of the battlefield for the Lord. Thus, the question arises, "Am I a soldier of the Cross?"

4. C. H. Spurgeon once said,
"The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of af ...

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