Jude, the elder statesman of the church is writing to a local fellowship that is being challenged on all sides and his message to them is that they must contend for the faith. The most serious challenges to the faith weren’t coming from outside the church but from within.
Many folks are in denial of the destructive cultural trends of the day. Others see the quick escalation and determine that resistance is useless. In the middle of all this is the little New Testament letter of Jude who urges believers to “contend for the faith.” Join New Life Church as Dr. Jim Mann leads through the study of this book in his sermon series “A Faith Worth Fighting For.”
What is heaven?
People. Different colors. Different languages. Different cultures. Different genders. The differences aren’t shamed or used to divide – they’re celebrated. The differences are brought to worship the same God.
That is heaven…the blessing of life forevermore. What we have down here is a warm-up. We’re not doing too well at the moment.
But if we can submit to the Lord an learn to live together in harmony by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we can achieve harmony. When we are no longer living for ourselves, but in the anointing living to serve others, we can live in harmony. When we no longer look at people as problems to solve, but rather as people whom God loves and for whom he has a great plan, we can live in harmony.
Let us pursue the good and pleasant life of living together in harmony – and let us experience life forevermore! If we can do it in the church, then, maybe we can show the world.
The Bible begins with a journey. “By faith Abraham…set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tent…he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:8–10, CSB)
Abraham never found the place for which his heart longed and his soul yearned while he was alive.
Life is a journey. Each oasis we find in the desert ultimately fails to satisfy. We live in tents…but the city we desire remains just out of reach.
We’ll going to look at the Psalms in order to investigate what we need to reach that city.