Aim: To view ourselves as Christ's soldiersâ€”being watchful and brave.
Doctrine: Christianity is a warring ''religion.'' No armistices may be signed with our foes, and rest comes on Sabbaths: temporal and eternal.
Exegesis: The Christian soldiers' marching orders: take the stance of alert courage (vv. 8-9); have as the prize more Christlikeness (vv. 10-11); enjoy the camaraderie of fellow-warriors (vv. 12-14).
Further application: God's recruiting requirements: the Christian soldier fights from a perspective of repentance, and in the strength of Christ.
Key verses: vv. 8-9 ''Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.