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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:16

Military Men Spurring One Another On

Written by  Mike and Lisa Conn
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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10: 24-25 (NIV)

 

 

I admit it.  I am a lot happier when meeting regularly with other Christians to study God’s word, pray for one another, and just talk and laugh together.  And yet, it’s difficult sometimes to make Christian fellowship the priority it should be.  We get busy with our other concerns and neglect areas of our life that should be at the top of our list!  Especially men.... and especially military men.  There is a great need for Christian men serving in the military to fellowship and study God’s word together.

 

God calls us all to love one another and to “spur another on” by continuing to meet together to “sharpen” one another.  Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) says,” iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  This verse beautifully describes what happens when we are open and honest with each other in the Christian community:  our dialog with and commitment to one another serve to sharpen us, advancing and moving us forward in our walk with the Lord. 

 

In addition, we are exhorted to make friendship a priority--along with our spouse and our children, we are to love others and invest time and energy into discipleship.  John 13:34-35 (NIV) says:  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

 

As many of our readers know, we invest much of our time and energy in teaching and supporting military couples.  About every 10 weeks, Mike presents a steak dinner and workshop for men entitled, “Our Spiritual Journey,” sponsored by the Maxwell AFB Protestant Chapel.  Based on selected scenes from the 1941 Academy Award winning black and white movie, Sergeant York, Mike leads the men in identifying the 3 key stages of a spiritual journey:  Quest (seeking God), Commitment (becoming a believer in Jesus Christ and learning how to follow Him) and Integration (incorporating the teachings of Christ into every aspect of our daily life and decisions).  Those three stages are beautifully illustrated in the true story of WW1’s most highly decorated soldier, Sgt. York.  Using the stages and Scripture, the men determine where they are spiritually, where they want to be, and how to arrive at their goal. 

 

Another way to bring military men together was seen when Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) Staff Representative to Maxwell-Gunter, Hous Waring, Col, USAF, retired, hosted a day at a firing range, sponsored by the Maxwell AFB Chapel.  With the goal of glorifying God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society, OCF accomplished their goals while the men enjoyed fellowship and practiced handling a variety of weaponry.  Col. Waring incorporated Bible study using the above scriptures before, during, and after the firing.  What a unique and effective way to provide military men Biblical instruction and fellowship with other believers!

 

So, whether military or civilian, we encourage you to follow the teachings of Christ, spurring one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, but encouraging and sharpening one another, as iron sharpens iron, along with loving and being available to one another in fellowship just as Christ loves us and is always with us. 

 

 

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