2INTRODUCTION Jude was encouraging Christians to contend for the faith The word “contend” means to fightJude was writing to these Christians because it was needfulI was needful then…and it is certainly needful todayWe are living in a time when many people do not want to fight at allThey do not want to fight for their rightsThey do not want to fight for their freedomThey do not want to fight for their innocenceThey do not want to fight for their familyAs Christians we need to take a stand and fight for GodWe need to stand up for the gospel of Jesus ChristWhen we are fighting for Christ there are three things that we should not be and there are three things that we should beWe should not be We should beAshamed AddictedAfraid AmbitiousAbsent minded Absolute
3MUST NOT BE ASHAMED What does it mean to be ashamed? To be ashamed is to feel unworthy or a guilty feelingWe should not be ashamed of the gospel of ChristRom 1:16Paul was bold enough to say and write it and so should we!What will happen if we are ashamed of Christ or his gospelMark 8:38We do not want Jesus to be ashamed of usWe should not be ashamed to be a ChristianWe should not be ashamed to live a Christian lifeI Pet 4:16We should not be ashamed of the truth Jn 8:32When we are standing up for Jesus we should not be ashamed!
4MUST NOT BE AFRAID What does it mean to be afraid? To be afraid means to be hesitant, apprehensive or fearfulIsrael- CannanAre we afraid to teach and preach God’s wordSome people are afraid to talk to others because of who they are, and what neighborhood they live inSome Christians do not want to go door knocking in neighborhoods that have crime (These are the people who need the gospel the most)When we feel afraid to talk to others about the gospel we should ask ourselves “what would Jesus want me to do” or “what would Jesus do”Would Jesus want us to be ashamed and afraid to teach his gospel to others?I John 4:18Phil 4:13Read Eze 2:3-8Read Eze 3:17-21
5MUST NOT BE ABSENT MINDED To be absent minded is to be unaware of one’s actions or surroundingsIt is to be inattentive ---or a failure to pay attentionEph 5:15I Tim 4:16We could define the word absent minded as forgettingJer 20:9Ps 119:11Col 3:16If we keep the word of God in our minds and in our hearts then we will never be absent minded!One may ask “preacher how can I keep the word of God in my heart?”STUDY!II Tim 2:15READ!I Tim 4:13
6MUST BE ADDICTEDTo be addicted means to be attached, devoted, fanatic, or obsessedAn addict is a person who has a habit so strong that it is hard to give upSmoking (some have to smoke every 15 minutes)This is the exact way we ought to be about the word of GodWe should be hooked to, fanatic about, devoted to, obsessed with the word of God!A person on drugs and alcohol seems to have a problem because they cannot live with outAs Christians we should have an addiction……we should have an addiction that we cannot live without Christ and the word of God!There are people in the world who cannot put down the alcohol bottle, the pipe, or the needle….they are addictedWell….that is how we ought to beWe should not be able to put down the Bible, we should never be able to stop talking about the word of GodQuote I Cor 16:15Not only should we addict ourselves to the ministry, we should addict ourselves to the word of GodAlcohol and drugs are harmful to man physically and mentallyBut being an addict to the word of God can be helpful to man spiritually
7MUST BE AMBITIOUSTo be ambitious means to be: energetic, enthusiastic, earnest, aggressiveThis is how we should be when we are preaching and teaching the gospelGod needs aspiring, energetic and active ChristiansRead Is 6:1-8God does not need Christians who are selfish, God needs Christians who will go the extra mileSometimes when people work on their jobs, they work so hard that they miss their breaks just to get the task doneGod needs those type of ChristiansGod needs overtime Christians, Are we working overtime in the work of the church?God needs Christians who have plans, Christians who have goalsCan we honestly sing the song “I want to be a worker for the Lord”, I am a hard fighting solider”, “I want to be soul winner for Jesus”God needs ambitious Christians in his churchI Cor 15:58Rev 14:13, Acts 6We should work until we cannot work anymore (we should be useful not useless)Phil 2:30
8MUST BE ABSOLUTEWe should be absolute when it comes to preaching and teaching the gospel of ChristTo be absolute means to be complete , full or entire, exactThe word of God is absolute and we ought to teach and preach it that wayII Tim 3:16Exact Matt 7:13-14And we are told how we should preach the word of GodII Tim 4:2Acts 20:27Some make the word of God of no effect Mark 7:6-9The word of God is absolute and we should teach and preach it that wayIs 30:10Who said that we cannot really know?WE CAN KNOW!1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.1Jn 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
9APPLICATION The account of Stephen When thinking about standing for Jesus I am reminded of the story of StephenStephen was standing….Stephen was standing for JesusStephen was standing for Jesus when he was preaching the gospel before he was stoned to deathQuote Acts 7:55-56Visualize this in your mind, I see Jesus sitting down and watching the whole thingAnd just before Stephen was about to be stone I see Jesus standing upJesus stood up and acknowledged StephenJesus recognized what Stephen was doing for himI see Jesus saying “Stephen I see what you are doing”I see that you are preaching the gospelI see that you are doing the right thingI see that you are doing the will of GodAnd since you are standing up for me, I am going to return the favor and stand up for youWhen we stand up for Christ and do what he has commanded us to do, Christ will stand up for us!