Reverend Gavin Baumeister

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Baumeister: "From early times up to the present day, there has been an attack on truth. The enemy is aggressively manipulating the minds to distort the word of God, bringing confusion, compromise, and lawlessness to the once committed heart. In Jude’s letter, he writes to believers for the purpose of warning them against a pressing danger. He urges them to “earnestly contend for the faith.” The ancient Greek word translated ‘contend’ comes from the athletic world—from the wrestling match. It’s a graphic word that means to stand over something in its defense. 

As soldiers of the faith, we must understand that we are NOT just a church, denomination, or organization. We are a Book of Acts, God-gifted, anointed, power-filled church who MUST aggressively defend the faith. Why? Because it’s valuable. If you walk into an art gallery and there are no guards or no sort of security system, you must draw one conclusion: there is nothing very valuable in that art gallery. Valuables are protected—worthless things are not. This precious truth “which was once delivered unto the saints” is of extreme value and must be protected! 

When God promises that His church will be kept from defeat, His purpose is not that we lay down our sword and go to lunch, but that we pick up the sword of the Spirit and look confidently to God for the strength to fight and win. We fight through prayer. We fight by living a holy, separated life. We fight by holding onto truth. If there ever was a time to stand up and fight for the faith, it is NOW!"

Reverend Daniel McDonald

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McDonald: "How is the church to handle 'the faith' in a twisted world along with those among us who see no need to keep our message authentic and pure? Jude offers two things the church must do with the faith. First, we are to “earnestly contend” for it. Unlike other New Testament letters, Jude has no opening with thanksgiving or prayer. He cuts right to the chase. The faith is worth fighting for. The faith must be fought for. Those who are engaged in this arena are fighting a good fight (I Timothy 6:12). Preaching and teaching are the primary ways this is executed. The church must maintain the Christian faith as it had been handed down by Jesus and his holy apostles. Not unlike Jude's day, we too are combating false doctrine, relativism, and those among us treating sin lightly and pursuing immorality without fear of any future judgment.

Second, we are to build up ourselves on our most holy faith. This can only be done by spiritual means-praying in the Holy Ghost. Spirit baptism has a longer reach than it its initial, essential encounter at conversion. It continually aids and assists the believer, no less building them up in the faith.

We are like combatants defending out title. The battle and struggle is agonizing, but we must win. We will win! Subsequent generations are depending on us to win as previous generations won for us. If our message (the faith) is not absolute, it is obsolete."

Reverend Ben Copeland

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Copeland: "Jude 3 speaks of the constant battle that God’s people must fight in order to advance His kingdom on the earth.  We must contend. This implies that there will inevitably be resistance and even fierce opposition. We shouldn’t be surprised or depressed by the way the world and, specifically, our country has become. The Word of God told us it would be this way. 

The Amplified Bible says that the faith was “handed down” to us from those that came before. Generation Z, it is vitally important not to squander the good gifts of God that you, as a generation, have received from heroes of the faith throughout the last century in this country. This is the same faith and the same salvation that goes straight back through history to the first-century church. It is the most precious possession that you will ever have the opportunity to handle. 

But be encouraged! We are not alone. There is an entire “cloud of witnesses” cheering us on as we contend for the things of God in the midst of the crooked and perverse generation. In spite of all the darkness, continue to fight to keep the light of God’s truth shining. The darker the night, the brighter the light."
Second, we are to build up ourselves on our most holy faith. This can only be done by spiritual means-praying in the Holy Ghost. Spirit baptism has a longer reach than it its initial, essential encounter at conversion. It continually aids and assists the believer, no less building them up in the faith.

We are like combatants defending out title. The battle and struggle is agonizing, but we must win. We will win! Subsequent generations are depending on us to win as previous generations won for us. If our message (the faith) is not absolute, it is obsolete."

Reverend Justin Poindexter

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In a twisted world that is moving, shaking, and shifting there has to be something solid, strong, and immovable. The doctrine of Acts 2:38, holiness, and the oneness of God is the only thing that has a sure, unmovable foundation. It is so strong and sufficient for a foundation that it only needed to be delivered once, and that was on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. In Peter's sermon on that day, we find all of these topics delivered and set. The Scripture says in Acts 17:28
"For in him we live, and move, and have our being;"
The oneness of God in Jesus Christ is the doctrine of our being. The doctrine of Acts 2:38 is how we move, and the doctrine of separation from the ungodly world is how we live.
Peter delivered it once that day and it’s just as strong enough for the last day. If there are any that question Peter's authority on his sermon that day, I would conclude with these words of Jesus Christ to the High Priest in John 18:19-21, "The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said."

When it comes to the common salvation … We know what He said!

Reverend Jesse Gamboa

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FUN FACT: Reverend Jesse Gamboa served as Pastor Tony Spell's armor bearer as a young boy convert in Spokane, Washington while Pastor Spell preached his notable "Generation in Need of Absolutes" sermon.  Prior to his sermon, Pastor Spell told Gamboa to go to a pawn shop and buy a television, axe, and rap and rock and roll CDs, and bring them in the platform.  Gamboa proved his obedience and submission to follow such irrational orders as a young convert.  At the end of his sermon, Pastor Spell axed the CDs and the television. 

Reverend Gamboa is the best armor bearer a man could ever ask for, and he is an earnest contender for the Faith!