Bible Study Outline on Contending for the Faith
Jude 1:3 states that every genuine follower should contend earnestly for the faith. The church is constantly being threatened for its faith in Jesus. Jude explained the reason why we should fight to preserve the faith. Jude points out that our faith represents our salvation now and in the future. Our faith is complete as it is given to us once and for all. Our faith will always be challenged by false teachers.
In order to contend for the faith, we must take care to abide by God’s commandments so that we can demonstrate the testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. To love Jesus means to serve God and do his commandments in the bible. The bible is not thought up by the church but it is the word of God the Holy Spirit inspires the apostles to write. Followers of Christ are to abide in God’s love. When you obey God’s commands, you are remaining in his love.
We must make sure we attain maturity in all areas so that we can have a balanced spiritual growth. For example, you must not just spend all your time serving at the church but also have time to read the bible and pray. True Christians will have the spirit of God. Counterfeit leaders including false prophets do not have the Holy Spirit. Many Christians are saved but they are not spiritual maturity. Good Christians demonstrate higher spiritual awareness.
Christianity is actually a personal relationship with Jesus. Unless you have a personal relationship with Christ, you will not be able to get into the kingdom of heaven. As a Christian, you must not be ashamed of acknowledging Jesus Christ before your friends. Theh 21st century see more and more people rejecting Christian values. For example, many places are making homosexuality and same sex marriage legal. Many Christians only go to the church but they do not have a real personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Some who claim to be Christians and go to church cannot even tell the basic beliefs of Christianity.
Contending for the faith means showing no partility. Paul rebuked Peter when he refused to eat with the Gentiles because of the presence of the influential Jews. Paul was bold in pointing out Peter’s wrong. Paul was bold to stand against Peter, a friend, who has committed an error in order to protect the faith. Contending for the faith does not mean you have to be brutal and violent. It is wrong to discipline the disciples with insults and violence. Instead, we are to be gentle and compassionate when we reprimend a d younger fellow disciple.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3-4 KJV)
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15 KJV)
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (Romans 16:17 KJV)
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (Titus 1:9 KJV)
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:21 KJV)
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9 KJV)
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4 KJV)
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? (James 4:5 KJV)