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Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 6:10-17

Onward, Christian Soldier

(The Militancy of God's People)



1.  Militancy of God’s people is exhorted in song: Onward, Christian Soldier.

2.  Militant: “Engaged in warfare or combat… aggressively active (as in a cause)” (Webster).   Are you ready for battle?

3.  Bible says, “Fight the good fight of faith,” 1 Tim. 6:12.

   a.  Some Christians say, “I’m just tired of fighting!”

   b.  We must “fight the good fight of faith” to lay hold of eternal life, 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7-8.

4.  cf. Phinehas: “he was zealous with My zeal among them…so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal,” Num. 25:1-12 (11). “He went after the man of Israel…” 25:8; Obtained peace, 25:12.

5.  Jesus (zeal for God’s house), Jno. 2:13-17.

6.  Without genuine faith we will not be militant (aggressive, zealous) for God, Deut. 1:28-32.

  a.  Such faithlessness causes discouragement and despair.

  b.  The “smooth things” that are not the “right things” reject the militancy of faith God requires of His people, Isa. 30:9-10.


-Christians must have a militant attitude plus an aggressive (zealous) practice of our faith. The militancy of God’s people should be apparent in the following: 


1.  Be militant in obeying (applying) truth, Heb. 5:11-14; Jas. 1:21-22; 1 Jno. 2:3-6 (Phil. 2:12).

  a.  In growing as a Christian, Heb. 5:11-14; 6:3.

  b.  In teaching the gospel (trying to save people), Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:21.

    1)  Relationship evangelism? Prov. 11:30; Jude 22-23

    2)  Social gospel to “draw” to Christ?  Jno. 6:44-45; 1 Cor. 2:1-2

  c.  In moral living, 1 Cor. 15:33-34; Matt. 5:13-16; Rom. 13:13-14.


2.  Be militant in contending for the faith, Jude 3.

  a.  There are many adversaries, 1 Cor. 16:8-9 (The devil leads the charge, 1 Pet. 5:8).

  b.  Therefore…fight!  1 Cor. 15:32; 1 Tim. 6:12 (Eph. 6:12)

  c.  Some don’t contend because they have been convinced that the faith is not absolute, plain and complete, 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (Jno. 8:31-32).

  d.  Some don’t contend because they confuse contending with contentiousness, 2 Tim. 2:14-15, 23-26.


3.  Be militant in resisting the devil (sin, evil, error), Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:8-9.

  a.  Give no place to the devil, Eph. 4:27Withstand (resist, oppose), Eph. 6:13.

  b.  Requires a priority & unwavering commitment of faith, Dan. 3:17-18 (Matt. 6:33).

  c.  Do not “put up with” sin & error, or with those who promote it, 2 Cor. 11:3-4, 16-20 (19-20); Gal. 2:5.


4.  Be militant in standing in the faith (1 Cor. 16:13; Eph. 6:10-13, 14-17).  (“Stand up, stand up for Jesus”) 2 Ths. 2:15

  a.  Stand your ground (a matter of character: cf. The Alamo), Rom. 8:31, 37.

  b.  Steadfast in the faith, Col. 2:5-7; 1 Cor. 15:58 (cf. 2 Tim. 4:3-5).

  c.  Be strong and take courage in the strength of the Lord, Eph. 6:10.



1.  Gal. 4:18: Good to always be zealous for what is good (truth).

2.  2 Cor. 10:3-6: We must militantly (aggressively) obey the truth, contend for the faith, resist the devil and stand up for Jesus or we will be devoured, defeated and eternally lost.