January 25, 2019
Friday Evening Adult Bible Study
Dayle Lee (pictured above) gave the first Bible study from the “Highlighting Our Heritage” series. The focus was on living by Jude 3, which is the verse that inspired the motto of the Apostolic Faith Church, “Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Brother Dayle spoke of the hardships experienced by those who contended to deliver this faith in the early days of the Apostolic Faith Church. They were faithful to pass it on, and today we enjoy the benefits.
Jude admonishes Christians to contend for the faith. The Greek word translated as contend in this verse is not commonly used in the Bible. Brother Dayle explained that it is used more in reference to wrestling, which was an especially strenuous sport in Greek culture. It means to strive, or to struggle.
Brother Dayle went on to explore what is meant by “the faith.” He said it refers to the common salvation–salvation that all Christians share. The article the also has specific meaning in this text. In the original Greek text, the word used for the indicates there is only one of that item, so just as there is one body, one baptism, and one God, there is also only one faith: the faith. It also denotes uniqueness; there is nothing like it.
In order to contend for the faith, one needs to have on the full armor of God. Brother Dayle spoke of the different pieces of armor listed in Ephesians 6, and described their uses and purposes. He said, “One must put on the whole armor; you need it all, and it’s all you need.”
In closing, Brother Dayle expressed how marvelous it is to have a godly heritage. He did not grow up with it, but now that he is a Christian, he is thankful to have a part in this heritage. He reminded everyone that it’s a rare thing for people in this world to hear that they can be delivered from their sins. Christians today must share that message with the world—that is part of contending for the faith.
After a time of prayer, all were invited to the activity room for a time of fellowship and refreshments.
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