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Lingering in Worship: Contending

Lingering in Worship: Contending Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 4:1-6; Jude 1:1-6

When I think of the word “contending”, I think of boxing. I was never a fan until a good friend of mine took time to educate me about “the sweet science”. There’s as much preparation in boxing as there is in chess. They study their opponent as much as they study themselves. As we contend for the faith, what might we face?

How Can We Be Aware Of Spiritual Deception?

The Snare of Likely Fakery ~ Ezra 4:1-6

  • 1 Ask yourself: WHY would Israel’s ENEMIES want to help? What’s their motivation?
  • 2 they THINK they worship the same God; they DO NOT
  • 3 How to answer deception? Speak the truth (nope!)
  • 4/6 When you don’t play along, you’re going to draw ire; YOU’RE NOT ALONE

The Struggle of Living Faith ~ Jude 1:1-6

  • 1/2 remember, God has called you!
  • 3 USING your faith might be difficult; be prepared
  • 4 be on guard against false teaching that deviates from GRACE
  • 5/6 remember: God saves, but those who choose the wrong get judged for it

Our Faith is a GIFT that we’re intended to USE, not just possess! It’s constantly tested, because the world is DESPERATE to see authentic faith that goes beyond mere personal preference. Let them see it IN YOU.

The JV Team: Little Brother, Big Impact – Jude

The JV Team: Little Brother, Big Impact – Jude Sermon Audio Here

Jude 1:1-7

Matthew 13:55: “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? ~ Jude was Jesus’ brother, but didn’t glory in that relation. Why not?

Jude’s Humility Reminds Us We’re To Be

Compelled by the Call, not Position (Jude 1:1-4)

  • v1 servant to Jesus, brother to James
  • v2 a particularly helpful reminder when Christians face difficult times: may you have Mercy, Peace, Love multiplied
  • v3 “urge you to contend” MORE IMPORTANT for those who have been called
  • v4 Jude reminds us: we CANNOT allow cheap grace to undermine our faithful
  • cheap grace: the idea that since we know God is all-forgiving, then we can just go ahead, disregard God’s call for holiness, and live however we want because we know God is predisposed to forgive.
  • Bonhoeffer: “cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”
  • Keep in mind: I, {Ed} am not chewing you {Warden Community Church and blog readers} out for this: we are together reading Jude’s warning to early Christians. If we find echoes in our own lives, we’d be wise to pay attention to the solutions brought up in Scripture.

Called to Caution, not Permission (Jude 1:5-7)

  • v5 We MUST NOT assume that family connection can substitute for faith: Jude, Jesus’ brother, knows this better than anyone!
  • v6 Angels have NO FAITH: they stood in God’s presence directly with knowledge and invested authority and they STILL decided to go their own way; if THEY who knew directly will be judged, won’t we?
  • v7 NOTICE “gave themselves up” to be tempted is NOT a foregone conclusion to sin!

We do not NEED to fail in holiness, that’s NOT a foregone conclusion. Jude’s warning is to CHOOSE to stand against cheap grace, lazy living, and groundless faith. Ephesians 3:17-19: And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Pastor Ed Backell

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