Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith delivered once and for all to God’s holy people. -Jude 1:3
What does it mean to contend?
- to argue or state (something) in a strong and definite way
- to compete with someone for something, to compete with a good chance of winning
How do we contend for the faith?
Jude had a deep love for his readers, but he felt that many were turning away from their faith. And the strong presence of false teachings deeply concerned him. But he starts out in the very first verse of his letter, reminding people that they are loved by God. So that is also where we begin. If you deeply believe that you are loved by God, everything changes. From there, Jude challenged the church to contend for the faith. He wanted them to grow in their knowledge of the scriptures and the character of God. He wanted God’s love and their faith to transform them so that they may be able to go and transform the world. Jude recognized that he could no longer watch in silence. He had to move. This is what we want for our campers.
Know. Grow. Go. Contend.
Want to know more? See you this summer!