NOTE: These are my notes that I used March 2 at the Expository Preaching Workshop on “Preaching Jude” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The lecture along with these notes will be posted online within a few weeks at www.swbts.edu.
“…I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed…who turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”
I. What is the “Faith” (body of doctrine)?
1 Cor. 15:1-3
1 Tim. 3:16
10 Doctrinal Non-negotiables:
II. Who Must Contend for the Faith?
Not just pastoral leaders, but the entire church.
You betray a spirit of absolute disloyalty if you regard with indifference any addition to or subtraction from the body of truth once delivered to the saints. (B. H. Carroll, Founder and first president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
“I believe in Jesus but don’t care about doctrine” is like saying” I love flowers but I don’t care anything for botany.”
III. Why Must we “contend” for the Faith? (False Teachers – Apostates)
1. Jesus & NT authors warned of false teachers.
2 Cor. 11:13-15
1 Tim. 4:1
1 Tim. 6:20-21
2 Tim. 4:3
2 Peter 2:1
2 Peter 3:4
2. Strategy of Satan is to counterfeit.
IV. How Must We “Contend” for the Faith?
“Earnestly contend” = (root word speaks of an athletic context. Intense struggle. Energy put forth in wrestling, foot race, combat in the arena. Word of intensity that you cannot add to it!)