Scripture uses a lot of metaphors to help us understand the Christian life, but one of the more prominent is that of a soldier. I think that the Bible pushes that image because there is a very real struggle in walking with Christ and there are real enemies we have to face, both physical and spiritual, as we “fight the good fight” of faith. We find this to be the case in 2 Timothy 2:3-4 where Paul tells young Timothy, “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
Every soldier starts his career with Basic Training because there are certain basic skills that are essential to becoming a well-trained and useful soldier. There is a real sense in which all further training just builds upon those basic skills that he or she learns as a new recruit. The most highly trained Green Beret or Navy Seal starts as a raw recruit in basic training.
This Sunday we will start a series of Sermons called “The Basics: Training to Fight the Good Fight by Mastering the Six Keys to Victory.” The first of these basics we’ve entitled “Enlist in a Unit” in which we deal with church attendance. Many professed Christians treat belonging to and faithfully attending a church as though it is optional. Indeed, our own statistics within the Southern Baptist Convention reveal that we only have about 1/3 of our membership in attendance on any given Sunday morning. We desperately need to hear from Scripture on this matter so please consider the reasons why this is so important.
You can download the sermon outline below: