Find Us Faithful: Contending for the Faith

Part Two: Responsibilities to Fulfill 

CHAPTER 6 Contending for the Faith 

Jude, who introduces himself in his letter as “Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James” (v. 1), was writing to Christians, calling them to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (v. 3). Jude clearly stated that although he wanted to write about “our common salvation” (v. 3), he gave his attention—out of necessity—to alerting, instructing, exhorting, and inspiring these believers concerning the battle for faith and truth.

From the earliest days of the church, there has been a concern to believe the truth, proclaim the truth, teach the truth, defend the truth, and distinguish the truth from error. We need to view this letter as one of pastoral concern for the people of God. This is a letter written to believers in order to wake them up to the danger they are facing. This was not written to persuade nonbelievers of the validity of the Christian gospel. No, the concern was an “in-house” concern for the people of God—the danger of false teaching impacting the lives of individuals and the church as a whole....

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