“CONSCIOUS AND INTENTIONAL MINISTRY: DOING WHO I AM”

CONTEND (STAND OVER AND FIGHT) FOR THE FAITH – PASTOR MARTIN CHILDS JR D. MIN.

TITLE:  CONTEND (STAND OVER AND FIGHT) FOR THE FAITH

TEXT: JUDE 1:1-4

INTRODUCTION

A. Some things are worth fighting for…  
B. Who is Jude?  
1. Bondservant of Jesus Christ
2. Brother of James
C. Who is James?  
1. Bondservant of God
2. Bondservant of Jesus Christ
3. Also, Galatians 1:19,  19 But I saw none of the other apostles except

James, the Lord’s brother.

D. Jude and James, “Our brother died for this” Matthew 13:55, 56,  55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses,

Simon, and Judas?

E. Pilgrim Rest, “Our brother died for this”  
1. Hebrews 2:11 (NLT),  11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters
2. Romans 8:29 (NLT),  29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
3. Mark 3:34, 35 (NLT),  33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother

and sister and mother.”

CONTEND (STAND OVER AND FIGHT) FOR THE FAITH?

A. Jude planned to write a letter regarding the shared doctrines of their Christian

beliefs  

B. However, Jude found it necessary (felt compelled) to write regarding their need to contend (defend) for the faith  
1. Contend = Used in athletic competitions
2. Contend = A determined struggle to defeat the opposition
3. Faith = The doctrines of Christianity
4. Entrusted to us by God for safe keeping  
5. Once for all (no other faith will be given)

WHY CONTEND (STAND OVER AND FIGHT) FOR THE FAITH?

A. Certain people crept in unnoticed
1. Crept in = pareisdy(n)ō = duno (enter) / eis (into) / para (beside)
2. False teaching / Compromise teaching slips in alongside genuine teaching
B. Ungodly people
1. Teaching that God’s grace gives us a license to live immoral lives
2. Denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ

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