by Roger Thomas

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2 Timothy: Stand up for Jesus (18 of 29)
Series: Through the New Testament
Roger Thomas
2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2:1-3

An old song from our hymnals provides a fitting backdrop for 2 Timothy. Listen to the words written in 1858 by George Duffield, a Presbyterian minister in Philadelphia.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear; If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where'er ye meet with evil, within you or without, Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post, Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain, And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Duffield penned those verses in tribute to the dying words of a dear friend, Dudley Tyng. The story is worth repeating. Tyng was used of God mightily in one of the great revivals of American history. Tyng was a young assistant preacher whose straightforward style and strong opposition to slavery upset a lot of the more fashionable folk in his father's church in Philadelphia. The younger Tyng and some followers organized a new church.

In addition to preaching for his new congregation, Tyng also began to hold noonday services at a downtown YMCA. As word spread, crowds of businessmen began to gather to hear the dynamic young preacher during their lunch hour. On Tuesday, March 30, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a noon meeting to hear young Tyng preach from Exodus 10:11 - "Go now ye that are men and serve the Lord." Over 1,000 committed their hearts and lives to Christ. That message came to be considered one of the most powerful sermons of that era.

At one point in the sermon Tyng remarked, "I must ...

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