The past two Wednesdays we’ve approached our How to Survive a Zombie Attack in a sly, metaphorical manner, using plausible scenarios to illustrate the unity and security that can come from a church body. As we venture into the final two weeks we move toward the ultimate goal of the series, revealing the mission of the church and exploring God’s calling on individuals.
The third basic principle: Attack.
The best defense is a good offense. Sometimes unity, defense, and survival are best served on the offensive. As Daniel Boone said
A zeal for the defense of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors.
Or as Sun Tzu put it,
Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.
There will be a turning point in the zombie apocalypse where survivors will choose to go on the offensive in the hopes of achieving total victory. With weapon skills, attack strategies, and a desire to win, survivors will inevitably become warriors.
What are the weapons of going on the offensive for the cause of Christ? How do we “go into all the world” and make a difference? It comes down to holding true to what God has called us to do. Trusting Him means we put our human efforts in His hands by doing things which naturally seem backward, but it’s what Jesus instructed us to do. Paul put it best in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5,
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.
There are three foundational ways to put this in action. Pray for those God has placed in our paths, friend or foe. There’s a chance that you might be the only person on earth appealing to God on their behalf. Give out of the finances God has entrusted you to spread the good news of Christ without expecting anything in return. Giving is fighting for those in desperate need of hope, love, food, water, and shelter. Fast to call on God to do the impossible. When you fast, you are sacrificing the natural for the supernatural, the flesh for the spirit, and trusting God to take care of the rest.
That is the foundation of fulfilling the mission Christ entrusted to his followers. It’s the beginning of our attack… the beginning of our victory.
- The challenge for youth group is to fast and pray about what to give to missions in 2012. We will be fasting as a group from 8pm Jan 31st to 8pm Feb 1st when we break fast together with breakfast at youth group.
- We used 8 Ways to Prepare Your Pets for War to start off tonight’s message
- The image above is the graphic from Southeast Christian Church
- View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4