Jude’s emphasis, his theme or purpose for writing his letter comes from verse 3, “…I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith.” From this text in Jude, we can learn that there are 4 basic qualities that we should have in our lives in order to properly contend for the faith.
I. We must KNOW the scriptures! – Jude 17; 1 Tim. 4:13
A. The Bible is more than just an “accurate” set of stories. Its very words have a powerful influence on people. – Heb. 4:12; Is. 55:10-11
B. Not only are we to contend for “the Faith”, but we are to share it. – Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 2:4
II. We are to be “…PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT! – Jude 20
A. As Christians, one result of salvation is that we have the Holy Spirit living within us. We have what might be described as a prayer partner. – Rom. 8:26-27
B. The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf, especially during times when we don’t know specifically how to pray.
III. We must maintain and receive DISCIPLINE! – Jude 23a
A. The Bible teaches us about the somewhat painful experience of discipline. – Heb. 12:4-11
B. There can be no discipleship without discipline, no conversion without correction for any of us.
IV. We must show COMPASSION! – Jude 22, 23b
A. The old saying is true: We must love the sinner, yet hate the sin. But too often the “hate for the sin” transfers over to an attitude of dislike and no respect for the sinner. – 2 Tim. 2:23-26
B. Peter describes the attitude we should have as far as contending for the faith is concerned – we do it with “…gentleness and reverence”. – 1 Peter 3:15
We must earnestly, sincerely, and compassionately contend for “The Faith”! Some will want to hear it. Others will want to change it to fit their personal whims and lifestyles. We must share it as it has been delivered to us!