THE CHURCH, GOD'S ARMY
Judg. 7:1-23 Gideon's army of 300 defeated
NOTE: [vs. 21] "And every man stood in his place all around the camp..."
Together, by following God's instructions, they were victorious.
JESUS' KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD - NOR ITS WARFARE
Jn. 18:33-36 If an earthly kingdom, His servants
would physically deliver Him.
2 Cor. 10:3-6 Our weapons of warfare are not
Eph. 6:10-18 Our warfare is against spiritual
hosts in a dark world.
Our armor is designed so we can
stand against this enemy.
NOTE: This armor not intended for a
soldier to fight by himself.
THE CHURCH IS GOD'S ARMY - HIS KINGDOM
Eph. 1:20-ff "...according to His mighty power" the
church is his body
THE KINGDOM = THE BODY = THE CHURCH
(Remember Dan. 2:44)
Col. 1:13-14, 18 "He has delivered us from the
power of darkness and translated
us into the kingdom of the Son of
His love.  in whom we have
redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins.  And He is
the head of the body, the church,
who is the beginning, the firstborn
from the dead, that in all things He
may have the preeminence."
"Church" - A collective noun (A noun, which in the singular form, denotes a collection of individuals.)
EXAMPLE: Soldier Soldiers Army Christian
Acts 26:28 Acts 11:26 Acts 2:40-ff
WE ARE CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER
Rom. 12:3-5, 9-16 The church: many members in
one body, individually
members of one another.
Eph. 4:7, 11-16 God made provision for His army
to be joined & knit together
Every part to do its share.
Acts 9:26-29 Why Paul tried to join himself to the
church at Jerusalem.
WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ONE ANOTHER Don't avoid this!
Eph. 4:1-3 We are to endeavor to keep the unity
of Spirit in the bond of peace.
Heb. 10:23-24 Let us hold fast. Let us consider
THE LORD NEVER INTENDED HIS PEOPLE TO BE LONERS
Eccl. 4:9-12 This is seen in the wisdom of
HE INTENDED THEM TO BE "A PEOPLE"
Deut. 7:6 "For you are a holy people to the Lord
your God; the Lord your God has chosen
you to be a people for Himself, a special
treasure above all the peoples on the face
of the earth."
1 Pet. 2:9-10 "But you are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, a holy nation, His
own special people, that you may
proclaim the praises of Him who called
you out of darkness into His
marvelous light;  who once
were not a people but are now the
people of God, who had not obtained
mercy but now have obtained mercy."
AS SOLDIERS, WE MUST BE WILLING TO ENDURE HARDSHIP Don't try to avoid this!
Judg. 8:4 "When Gideon came to the Jordan, he
and the three hundred men who were
with him crossed over, exhausted but still
2 Tim. 2:3-4 "You therefore must endure hardship
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 
No one engaged in warfare entangles
himself with the affairs of this life, that
he may please him who enlisted him
as a soldier."
WE ARE TO WAGE A GOOD WARFARE - TOGETHER, SIDE BY SIDE
2 Sam. 11:8-11 Uriah was an honorable soldier,
refusing to enjoy the pleasure
of home while his men
encamped on the field of battle.
BUT SOME DEFECT - THEY RUN
1 Tim. 1:18-ff Hymenaeus & Alexander were
deserters of the faith.
DURING THE CIVIL WAR, DEFECTORS WERE SHOT. WHY? BECAUSE:
They put their fellow soldiers at risk
They put their women & children at risk
They dishonored those who died in battle who did not run.
Heb. 3:12-15 Warning not to be guilty of running.
Heb. 3:16-ff Don't be guilty of unbelief as
Israelites at the threshold.
2 Thess. 1:3-8 While some faithfully endure,
others fail to obey.
SAUL REPENTED - FROM PERSECUTOR TO DEFENDER
Acts 22:16 "And now why are you waiting? Arise
and be baptized, and wash away your
sins, calling on the name of the Lord."