In his single-chapter letter to a Christian congregation of his time, Jude (brother of James and half-brother of Jesus) wrote to appeal to Christians to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” This wasn’t his original intention. His original intention was to write about “our common salvation”. But something—a pressing issue—drew his attention to the new purpose for his letter.
What was that “something”?
I believe it was the rise and prevalence of apostasy (a departure from the truth, and the practice of such) in his day. Hence, Jude’s call to contend for the faith. The Baker’s New Testament Commentary says, “In view of the context, we understand the word “faith” to mean the body of Christian beliefs. It is the gospel the apostles proclaimed and therefore is equivalent to ‘the apostles' teaching’ (Act 2:42). Thus, it is not the trust and confidence that the individual believer has in God, for that is subjective faith. In this passage Jude speaks of Christian doctrine, that is, objective faith.”
The Reformation Rally, in the BP tradition, is our effort, once in a year, in October, to show that we are contending for the faith. This year, the organizing committee has lined up the following events at Zion Bishan BPC (4 Bishan Street 13) and Zion Serangoon BPC (7 Tavistock Avenue):
We are swimming in a sea of unprecedented apostasy today, exacerbated by the rise of social media, the boldness of ungodliness and non-faithful “churches”. A lot of discernment is required to tell what is of “the faith” and what looks and sounds like the faith.
So, I urge you, make the effort, take the time to attend at least one of these events and be blessed.
Pastor Robert Chew