The Faith of a Church Member
United States Navy SEAL Philosophy
In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to
answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to
succeed.Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special
operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their
way of life.
I am that man.
My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the
heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to
protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen
profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a
guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to
defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek
recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my
profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.
I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my
emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other
men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are
steadfast. My word is my bond.
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge,
lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all
I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to
be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I
will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to
protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.
We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates
and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical
proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.
We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of
combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established
by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required
yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.
Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared
reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my
teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.
– That is what the Navy Seals say of themselves. If you remember during one of
my first sermons I asked the same question, what are we going to say about
– We pointed to our vision statement as a guide: First Baptist Church of Magnolia
aims to be a family of believers in Jesus Christ that love God and love others.
Together, we aspire to be a church that welcomes all to join us in becoming
what Christ would have us be.
– And that is what we are going to look at again today. Who are we? and What
does it look like to be a part of the church? Or What does it look like to be
a good Church Member?
– I believe this is something that we all are looking for, I think the reason why
emotions get stirred up when I read the Navy Seals philosophy is because we
all deep down want something like that. We need a cause to which we can give
everything. We need something that will summon forth from us all that we are
– That desire is there because God put it there. Our ultimate commitment is not
to an earthly government but to the Lord who redeemed us.
WHAT IS THE TEXT SAYING?
I. Those who signed their names (v.1-27)
II. The curse and oath to keep and do (v.28-39)
A.The curse and oath to keeping do (28-29)
1. They have separated themselves from something to something that is
B.No intermarriage (30)
1. How could marriage be what God intended it to be if the man and
wife were not united on this most fundamental question? In Genesis
2:24 the man shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh.
This one-flesh-ness speaks to a union of all they are. Such one-flesh
union is impossible without agreement on who God is and what it means
to know and worship Him.
2.Paul taught in Ephesians 5 that marriage is about Christ and the church.
Paul learned this from the Old Testament, where the relationship between
God and Israel, the covenant, is treated as a marriage. If a man and his
wife were not united in the worship of God, How could their marriage
reflect the relationship between God and His people?
C.Sabbath and sabbatical year observance (31)
1. The whole point of the Mosaic Law and the temple was that these things
enabled Israel to enjoy the presence of God. These commitments were
not about legalistic obligations, nor is the covenant we enter into when we
join a local church today legalistic. These commitments and obligations
that we take upon ourselves are things we do to enjoy the good pleasure
of our God.
D.Support for the temple ministry (32-39)
WHAT IS THE TEXT TEACHING US?
The returned exiles enter into a firm covenant to keep the covenant with God
that they are already in, and this serves as an example to us today.
We too sign into a covenant that is inside of the New Testament Covenant
that is called church membership.
You can sign into this covenant in three ways:
2. Transfer of Letter
3.Statement of Faith
The three Faiths of Church membership:
1. The Faith to keep our families pure: We too strive to have families that
glorify and worship God with a whole-heart. Fulfilling Deuteronomy 6.
2. The Faith to rest: We too strive to observe the corporate gathering of the
Saints on Sunday mornings.
• A man could not keep the Sabbath apart from faith because there would
always be something he would like to be doing. There would always be
another way to be productive. The only way to keep the Sabbath was to trust
that resting would be better for him than being productive would be. The man
who kept the Sabbath trusted that the best stewardship of the time he had
was to rest, not work.
• When you miss a Sunday, Make a list of the reasons why you missed. If a
theme develops you might have found a competing idol in your life.
3. The Faith to sacrifice: We too strive to support the ministry of the church.
• Now listen closely, as your pastor, I do not care about getting to your pocket book, I care about getting to your heart. And that is what is at stake here.
Where you spend your money and where you spend your time will best
display who or what your God really is. Giving is part of the worship
• However, you have to be wary because some pastors do want to get in your
– Tips for avoiding false prophets:
- False prophets offer something in return.
- They tell you what you want to hear.
- They twist little truths to tell a big lie.
- Does their ministry call evil men out of their evil ways or does it help satisfy worldly desires. Jesus came not to satisfy our worldly desires, but to give us new desires.
HOW DOES IT POINT US TO JESUS?
– The Jesus is the point of marriage: marriage exists to display the way God
loves His people.
– The Jesus is the point of the Sabbath: old covenant Israel rested from their
labor to declare that the Lord was their provider. We rest from our works and
take on the easy yoke Christ offers to proclaim that He Saves Us; He gives us
– The Jesus is the point of temple worship: the point of that temple being
beautiful, the point of those priests offering sacrifices, the point of the seasonal
trips to Jerusalem to worship the Lord there— all that is about being with God,
knowing Him, enjoying His presence.
We do not live for that to which the Nave SEALs have committed
themselves. We live to know God. Our cause is not the way of life of the
American people. We have something so much bigger and better than that. We
have this good news that sinners can be reconciled to God by faith in Christ
because Christ has satisfied the wrath of God, He paid the penalty for sin, and all
who trust in Him are right with God.
WHAT CHANGES MONDAY?
Maybe you are not a believer in Jesus and you hear me talking about these
obligations that have to do with intermarrying with unbelievers and keeping the
Sabbath and sustaining worship at the house of God. What is this all about?
This is all about knowing God. We who believe want you to know God is with us.
Maybe you are a believer and look at this requirements of a good church
member and you might be thinking I have missed it. Now is time to repent and
turn back. Maybe you are a believer and you have never officially joined this
church. Maybe today is the day that you commit to this local body of believers.
Or maybe you are thinking I have my baptism out of order. When I was
younger I was baptized, but it was years later before I truly understood and
submitted my life to Christ. Maybe, today is the day that you get your baptism on
the right side of salvation and make a new commitment to this church.
- What are the benefits of joining with other believers in the membership of a local church to pursue the glory of God through the advance of the Gospel by the power of the Spirit?
- What is the value of a congregation readying their covenant together? Ours is summarized by saying: First Baptist Church of Magnolia aims to be a family of believers in Jesus Christ that love God and love others. Together, we aspire to be a church that welcomes all to join us in becoming what Christ would have us be.
- If you are single, what actions should you take to reflect your commitment to honor God by marrying only a believer?
- If you are married to an unbeliever, please read 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 and 1 Peter 3:1-7. What areas of your life need to be brought into conformity with what those passages teach?
- If you are married to a believer, how are you pursuing a marriage that displays the glory of the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33)?
- Describe a marriage that wold make others want to emulate it.
- Does your conscience require you to observe the Sabbath? If so, why? If not, why not?
- Have you experienced rest in Jesus? How do you feel about His call for all who labor and are heavy laden to go to Him for rest for their souls (Matthew 11:28-29)?
- How does the idea that believers together are the temple of the Holy Spirit affect your attitude toward the church?
- What are the reasons a Christian should support the work of the ministry financially through a local church?