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Fighting for the Faith (2 of 7)
Series: The Contender - Jude
We continue our Wednesday night series through the NT book of Jude. Our series is entitled, The Contender and we will walk verse by verse through this powerful NT book.
Tonight, I want to talk with you about the subject, Fighting for the Faith from Jude 3-4. We spend a lot of time teaching our kids that they shouldn't fight. In fact, peace is considered a Christian virtue. And it is, of course, a fruit of the Spirit as well. But I've come to a very important conclusion in my life. Some things are worth fighting for.
*Maybe you're familiar with an old country artist named Kenny Rogers. Every heard of him? Well, don't think I'm condoning country music, I wouldn't want to offend you, but Kenny Rogers has a song called ''The Coward of the County.'' It tells a story of a little boy who learned a lesson from his dad. His dad died in prison when Tommy was 10 years old. His dad made him promise not to make the same mistakes he had. ''Walk away from trouble when you can…you don't have to fight to be a man.'' One day, Tommy saw the love of his life, Becky crying after being roughed up by the Gatlin boys. Tommy walks to the door and everyone thinks he's walking away in fear. Then, you could've heard a pin drop when Tommy stopped and locked the door. When he was done, there wasn't a Gatlin brother was standing. The song ends when Tommy says, ''Papa, I sure hope you understand, sometimes you've gotta fight when you're a man.''*
You had no idea Kenny Rogers was a theologian did you? But in reality, this is the theme of the book of Jude. There are some things worth fighting for - and the faith is one of those things!
In fact, the theme of the book of Jude is found in verse 4, ''contend earnestly for the faith…'' The faith is being challenged and Jude is calling believers to fight. READ Jude 3-4
False teaching diverts the church's purpose: 3a
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