Contend earnestly for the faith!
Scripture reading for December 1st: Jude
Key Scriptures: Jude 1-4 “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Jude and James were half-brothers of Jesus Christ. Neither of them mention this in their letters, but rather Jude refers to himself as a servant of Jesus Christ. Jude was originally going to write the letter to further explain the wonderful salvation that the church enjoyed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But certain false teachers had crept unnoticed into the church and began to pervert the pure Gospel of God’s grace and drew people away from Jesus Christ into sensuality and denial of the Master. This letter was now a call to the church to war–contending earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. It’s a good fight and Jude reminded them that others had contended for the faith before them. They could build themselves up in their most holy faith through praying in the Holy Spirit and continuing to do God’s work of mercy.
Jude 17-21 “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”
Faith confession and prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the gift of the Holy Spirit and calling me to Your family and church. Help me to be strong in my faith by praying in the Holy Spirit and showing mercy by preaching Your powerful Gospel. Snatch the lost from the fire and bring glory to Your Name!
Jude 24-25 “Now to Him Who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”