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  1. Donald McMahon
    February 3, 2019

    “Contend for the Faith” (Jude)(2.3.19) Part 2
    Jude (NIV84) 1-4, 17-25
    1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
    To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:
    2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
    3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
    17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
    20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
    22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
    24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
    The word of God for the people of God.
    Title: Contend for the Faith (Part 2)
    LET US PRAY.
    INTRODUCTION:
    Jude calls on us to contend for the faith. This is not only our personal faith. It is the faith as a primary force for the kingdom of God. It is for the faith of others who are in danger. This faith is not only the body of belief and truth that is laid out in our Holy Scriptures. This faith is a trusting in the power of God to fulfill promises; to provide a full salvation; and, a way of living in the here and now.
    This past Tuesday night at the Stockton Christian Fellowship, Pastor Santos explained our three stages of salvation. We were saved, past tense; this is our justification. We are being saved, present tense; this is our sanctification. We will be saved, future tense; this is our glorification.
    But it in all this, the faith is the only faith that the Almighty has entrusted to all the saints for all time. It does not change. It is a rock solid foundation for us. There may be new methods of sharing this faith, but be alert whenever the word “new” is connected with the faith for which our Lord Jesus came and died. The faith handed down to us is in EVERY WAY COMPLETE.
    In this letter, according to some scholars, Jude gives us seven things to do. For me there is earnestly Contend for the Faith with six supportive elements. Today, we will look at three of these commands.
    BODY:
    • Build yourselves up in the most holy faith (v. 20).
    o Jesus says in John 14:21+23 (NIV84) “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
    o Know who you are.
     Jude starts his letter with his identity
    • First: servant of Jesus Christ
    • Second: brother of James
     We have been called (children’s chat)
    • The Boy Scouts in their God and Life Program studied Acts 9: Paul’s call
    o Billy Parker (Scouts noted God’s call on Billy and Billy’s influence on Upward. His humility.)
    • Moses, Samuel, Jeremiah, Isaiah
    • 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV84) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
    • Romans 8:28 (NIV84) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
     We are dear friends (3x)
     We are saints
    • (part of the communion of saints: past, present, and future)
    • We are not alone.
    o Know whose you are. Notice all three persons of the Holy Trinity are involved; which in itself is a Holy mystery.
     God the Father (in the very first verse, Jude tells us God loves us)
     Jesus Christ, who is exalted six times in Jude, is the One who keeps us (and keeps us from falling)
    • Psalm 121:3–4 (NIV84)
    He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
    indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
    • 1 Corinthians 1:8 (NIV84) He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • John 10:29 (NIV84) My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
    • 1 Peter 1:3–5 (NIV84) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
    • AND many other similar verses!
    • Our only Sovereign and Lord (Divinity): what a relief. You don’t have to rule over your own life. Submit your life to your sovereign Lord!!
    • Our Savior
     The Holy Spirit is twice referred to
    • Our strength, comforter, sustainer
    • Our prayer amplifier/conveyor/translator (we will expand this later)
    o Know what you have.
     Salvation/faith
     Eternal life
     Blameless
     Joy
     The love of God
     The Holy Spirit
    o How to build yourself up? It is individual and it is a corporate effort. It is continuous, throughout your life. If you are ever content in thinking you have enough of God, it is likely that you don’t have the Almighty at all! Your whole life is eternally oriented. Your whole life is kingdom oriented. Your whole life is God oriented.
     Scripture
    • study
    • meditation
    • memorization
    • teach it to others
     Fellowship – mutually support and encouragement
     Worship:
    • Look at our Call to Worship. One preacher asked, “How can a brick be built into a building unless it is on the building site?”
    • Do not forsake the assembly.
     Sacraments: Baptism & Communion
     Serving & Acts of Mercy

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