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Cooperation in Spiritual War, Part 2: Unity

  In reading different histories of World War II, we can learn how the British won the war, how the Americans won the war, how the tanks, submarines, destroyers, airborne divisions, bombers, etc., each won the war. We were all on the same team, but it was not always evident. Unity is comprised of two things: primary loyalty to the supreme commander of all units and great love for all those who are under the supreme commander. Think of this as an equilateral triangle. The two points at the ends of the base of the triangle represent two units: tanks and infantry. The apex represents the supreme commander. If the two units get far away from the supreme commander, the distance between the units themselves also gets greater. Likewise, the closer they are to the supreme commander, the closer they are to each other. Here is Jesus’ prayer for His army in John 17:20–21: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of the
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Cooperation in Spiritual War, Part 1: Love for the Brothers

  Cooperation is working together with other units in the same army or with other nations against a common enemy. When we apply it to the spiritual war, there are two much stronger terms for it: love for the brothers and unity in the body . This love is a very strong witness to the lost. Love for the Brothers “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (Jn. 13:34–35). This is a major issue in evangelism. When the unsaved man looks at the fighting between Christians or Christian churches, why would he think we were followers of Jesus? Or why would he want to be a follower of Him? “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Cor. 12:13). “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely h

Spiritual War: Tactical Surprise

  Tactical surprise is where a small group or a single person is caught by surprise. The object of surprise is to catch the listener with his guard down. We do not want to warn him that he is going to get hit. It was December 31, 1949. I was in my senior year at the Naval Academy. I had been invited to give my testimony at an evangelistic dinner at the roof garden of the Hotel Astor in New York City. I gave my testimony and went back to my table. Jack Wyrtzen, the evangelist, was preaching the gospel when a note was handed to me from across the table. It said, “If you look behind you at the next table there is a sailor. I am his sister sitting next to him. When Jack gives the invitation to receive Christ, will you encourage my brother to receive Christ?” When the invitation was given, I turned around and started to talk to the sailor. He was obviously ready. He was convicted, he believed, but he would not call upon the Lord. I pressured him. I got him to talk with the members of

All for the Glory of God

  In 1 Corinthians 9 and 10, Paul makes a few amazing statements about himself and then says that we are to follow his example. “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings” (9:19-23). “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church of God—even as I try to please everybody in

Picking up Darkness

  The word ungodly is used four times in Jude 15. Verse sixteen gives the characteristics of these ungodly people. The difficulty is that they sound like characteristics of Christians we all have known. Here is verse sixteen: “These men are grumblers and faultfinders ; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.” Grumbling and faultfinding are stock in trade for the world. However, Christians who work in the world may find it easy to pick up the practice. Instead of providing light in the world, we pick up some of the darkness. Let us remember that Jude says that it is and ungodly practice. Written in 1983.

Tactics in Evangelism: Economy of Force

  Unfortunately, the Christian church has frequently violated this principle of economy of force. It is important to send out men in twos. In this country, we have fallen into the trap of thinking that big is good, bigger is better, and biggest is best. So we have megachurches. In place of two-to-one concentration, we have six hundred-to-one or six thousand-to-one. This is not effective evangelism. It is not economy of force. We have no idea how big the church in Jerusalem was, but it had five thousand men in Acts four. This did not include women and children. “Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number” (Acts 5:14). “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). So this church was a mega-church. It met in Solomon’s colonnade. What happened to it? “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusal

Tactics in Evangelism: Communication (Bible Study)

  Communication is the logistic supply line that exists to get food, ammunition, and aid to the troops on the front lines. If the supply lines are cut off, the army will be defeated. In the spiritual war of evangelism, everyone is on the front lines all the time. The supply line is keeping daily, hourly in fellowship with God by prayer and the word of God. Extra cover is provided by other people praying for you. If our line with the Lord is cut, we are going to be defeated. There are several ways to stay in the Word of God: Reading through the entire Bible (not just now and then and here and there). If you have read it through, read it again. If you would like a plan to help you read through the Bible, join the #SamePageSummer Bible reading challenge at TotheWord.com . The plan begins June 1 and will take you through the whole New Testament before beginning a whole-Bible reading plan in September. Study: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who d