How to Honor Veterans
(of the Ministry)
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Intro: This morning, we looked at How to Honor the Veterans of the Military.
Tonight, we are going to look at How to Honor the Veterans of the Ministry.
Just as we are obligated to recognize the soldiers of our nation and their service, we are also commanded to honor the soldiers of the cross and their service to the Lord.
Just as we would not be enjoying the freedoms and liberties to worship here tonight if it were not for our veterans, we would not be enjoying these songs, the preaching and the worship if it were not for the veterans that have fought the battle, paved the way and earnestly contended for the faith.
We owe our forefathers a lot for their sacrifice and their service.
And just as lip service will only do so much, there are ways we can honor our veterans.
Both those that have died and gone on before us as well as those that are still here with us.
- 1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
We can honor them by being:
I. Inspired by their Touch from God
God is no respecter of persons.
If they could experience God’s touch; God’s anointing; God’s power, we can too.
Their walk with God should cause us to sit up and take notice.
They had a relationship with God that many never have.
Notice the church at Corinth’s unbelievable attitude toward the Apostle Paul.
2 Corinthians 12
- 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
- 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
- 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
- 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
A. Paul’s Preference – vs. 9 …rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…
And make no mistake – God’s veterans had a choice. God or comfort. Power or pleasure.
REST: a tent
The power of God was ALL OVER HIM. Left, right, up, down, before, behind
B. Paul’s Pleasure – vs. 10 – infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses
The servants of God take the struggles and the suffering in stride.
2 Timothy 3
- 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
- 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
- 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
C. Paul’s Paradox – vs. 10b …for when I am weak, then am I strong.
The world doesn’t understand that, but God’s veteran servants surely do!
God’s choicest servants know that God knows how to use broken vessels; weak vessels.
- 1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
D. Paul’s Perplexity – vs. 11 …ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended
They backed Paul up in the corner. They forced him to defend himself.
Instead of respect, he got reproach.
Instead of being commended, he got corrected.
E. Paul’s Proof – vs. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you…
SEE 2 Corinthians 13:1-3 They sought proof of Christ speaking in Paul?
We can honor them by being:
II. Instructed by their Teachings of God
2 Timothy 2
- 1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
- 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
- 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
- 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
A. Teachings about Marriage – those old timers believed in commitment! Not in being unequally yoked.
B. Teachings about Manuscripts – less revival now; less power, and we’re changing Bibles???
C. Teachings about Modesty – the veterans of the ministry could wax eloquent about the importance!
D. Teachings about Music – they didn’t dabble around with worldly music
E. Teachings about Manners – 1 Tim. 3:15 mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself…
F. Teachings about Ministry – they emphasized giving your life to God; not living for self
G. Teachings about Money – they practiced sacrificial living and preached/taught giving
We can honor them by being:
III. Influenced by their Testimony for God
- 2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
We can honor them by allowing their life and testimony to influence us.
It’s not enough to recognize their testimony. Or to read about it. Or to revel in it.
We need to repeat it; to reproduce their testimony.
Notice Paul’s admonition in Hebrews 12 following a long chapter on the faith of the veteran saints.
- Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,