Unknown Soldiers in the Church

Pastor Giardino happened to mention at the start of service a man who would be later identified as a “Patient Worker”. Using his construction compressor and air hose with tools, Darrel Stevens Sr. was busy Wednesday afternoon breaking up the cement chunks in the playground area behind the church.

The music at Wednesday evening’s service? Wow. Evay, Julia, and Micheal at piano sang “My treasure thou art.” They were followed by Jeremiah, Mateo, and Gabriel singing, “More love to thee.” Both performances were spiritually stirring and excellent performances.

It was when the Spurgeon family, David, Susan, and Evay, stepped forward (with Evay at piano) that the Spirit of God began to shake even harder the hearts of those present. Brother David Spurgeon commented that, “If God continues to tarry, it is because He wants us to reach more folks.” He thanked Gospel Light for the “wonderful hospitality” and said our “kindness has been second to none.” The trio’s first song was “Since Jesus past by”. But it was during their second song, “I have been blessed”, when Susan began to show heartfelt tears, that many in the congregation also began to weep with joy. By the third song, “I am not ashamed, I will claim his name”, the alter had filled with people on their knees in worship and prayer. Bro. Spurgeon, consoling those who came forward, saying, “The alter is always open. You can come right now. Just take your time.” A fourth song was sung and was followed by a crowd rousing version of “Can I get a witness”, with everyone repeatedly launching out of their seats with bible held high. “It’s good to be saved; what an understatement that is!”, shouted Bro. Spurgeon.

Preaching began with 2 Tim 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Brother Spurgeon said that preaching consists of those three things: reprove, rebuke, and exhort. He explained that reproofs “are a way of life, nobody likes correction”, but “thank God for correction.” However, he continued, “I want to bless you tonight, I want to exhort you.”

Using phrases from 2 Cor 8:16-22, Bro. Spurgeon first cited, “Thanks be to God”. “You are here tonight with the chance to be saved…Thanks be to God for still having the opportunity to be saved.”, he said. Bro. Spurgeon then cited, “the same earnest care into the heart”, saying, “That’s what God put in the heart of Vince Giardino”; God put care into Pastor Giardino’s heart. The verses spoke of a “brother”, whose name was never mentioned. That unknown man was known for “his praise is in the gospel”, “chosen of the churches to travel with us”, and “proved diligent in many things”. Bro Surgeon then asked us, “Have you been proved?” “It’s the rough stuff that proves you”, he pointed out, “A test of a man’s character is what it takes to make him quit.” Like the unknown “brother” in the Gospel, Bro. Spurgeon brought to mind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC. But on this night, he wished to “honor an unknown soldier of a different type.” He went on to speak of 4 unknown soldier catagories:

1.) The Prayer Warrior – Brother Spurgeon believes that no one can do anything more effective and powerful than pray. “I just want to thank God for people who pray for us. Many examples were given of the miraculous power and protection of prayer. Prayer warriors in his family’s life were told of. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

2.) The Patient Workers – “The patient folks who overhear what needs to be done” and go and do it, is who Brother Spurgeon was referring to, “the non-glamorous jobs that everyone wants done but no one wants to do.” Gospel Light’s remarkable progress over the years was used as an example. “God knows who you are; I just want to thank you”, exhorted Brother Spurgeon, “You’re just as important as the preacher.” God knows all about “the folks behind the scenes” and He appreciates it.

3.) The Persistent Witness – “That’s what goes on in this church”, Bro. Spurgeon exclaimed, “People who look for opportunities to hand out tracts.” A persistent witness is not just “someone who participates in the large campaigns and waits to be congratulated.” “You really need to have a changed life”, Brother Spurgeon urged. “When Jesus really gets in, you’ll be a witness…I’m not just talking about Sunday, but Monday through Saturday…You are here tonight because someone was a witness.” “Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence.” Isaiah 62:6

4.) The Persevering Watch – The pastor who stays with his church and has a “watchman’s heart”. This is “a shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for their sheep”, Bro. Spurgeon explained. He told how a pastor’s heart is broken when people reject biblical counsel and have to reap what they sow. “God takes seriously the relationship between you and your pastor.”, he said, “You need to pray that nothing gets between you and your preacher”. “Pray for your pastor!”

Brother Spurgeon concluded, “Let me ask you tonight, did you make the list? You still can.” Don’t settle for being a “pew warmer”. “There is a war going on for the souls of men and women and boys and girls.” Bro. Spurgeon explained that the devil hates Jesus Christ, he can do nothing to directly hurt Him, so the only thing he can do is keep people deceived so they go to hell, breaking Jesus’ heart. Two friends of Roxanne and Drew answered the call of salvation through Jesus this Wednesday evening. Thank God for Brother David Spurgeon for bringing us the message of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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