“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” Prov 28:1. This was the “jump up” verse that Pastor Vince Giardino used to begin his Sunday morning service (12-12-10) at Gospel Light. He then immediately gave the ladies in the congregation a “heads-up” by providing a disclaimer for the sermon, which was to be “superficially a guy sermon” dealing with “manly things”. And so it went, with our pastor expounding about the Navy Seals special operating forces and their undercover espionage and rescue operations. Pastor’s conclusion to this was that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Navy Seal; “he was trained and he had a mission.” After Pastor recited words to the Hymn “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, we found that Jesus’ mission was to “save us all from Satan’s power”. “We ought to be spiritual Navy Seals in our area”, Pastor G. remarked, “rescue the perishing” because “duty demands it.”
Anyone present for this sermon now knows that Pastor Giardino does a great imitation of a seal. “No, I’m not going to bring out a seal.”, he said laughing, knowing that his congregation is quite used to seeing him use props in every sermon. (Personally, I have no doubt that our highly resourceful pastor could have arranged it.) Pastor’s pointed out that seals can be trained to perform stealth maneuvers in their nature habitat the sea. Likewise, we need to be trained to get into the sea of life (our natural habitat) and be “fishers of men”. Kindly and patiently, we need to get the Word of God to the unsaved. Boldness for the job at hand comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. To illustrate boldness, Pastor G. read for us II Sam 23:8-16, which dealt with three mighty men who took on the Philistines for King David. So should we, then, go out for our King Jesus and win souls.
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- Gung Ho for the Gospel: “Gung ho” is a military term for being excited and going beyond. In Acts 20:20-22, we see that Paul was this kind of person; “Let’s go get ’em!” “God will make up for your lack of bible knowledge”, Pastor G. said, “He gives you boldness.” “But you need the right weapon”, our pastor continued, “The King James Bible is a 66 caliber.” Keep back nothing; give it all to Jesus.
- Gusto for the Gospel: To have “gusto” is to posses power, courage, and strength of energy. It involves exceptional bravery, like a Navy Seal, to go above and beyond the call of duty. As the children of Israel prepared to cross into the promised land, God commanded them, “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Josh 1:9. If we are faithful to Christ and fight, then God will help you.
- Gunning for the Gospel: “Gunning for” implies that someone is for you; they are on your side. Pastor G. talked about how, in our families and in our church, we’re supposed to help each other and gun for each other in love and truth. In II Tim 16-18, we see Paul writing “the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me”. So shall “God stand with you; He’s gunning for you”, Pastor Giardino exclaimed, “The Lord will never disappoint you.”