The front cover of our bulletin reflects the “Faith of our Fathers.” As a young boy, I never saw a faith of my Father. I believe he was an admiral man and I believe he loved me, however, I never heard that from him, nor did I ever see faith in Christ.
As a Father, I don’t remember telling my children I loved them as they grew up. Through a crisis in our lives, before my salvation, I determined not to ever let that happen again. I tell my daughters, my grandchildren, my aunts, and my cousins I love them.
The verses below speak of contending for the faith. That is my subject today, faith, not just having faith, but contending for it. We all say “I am saved and I said that prayer and got myself Baptized.”
OK, but then what? Our scripture states we need to contend for the faith. (Contend means to strive as in a competition; to strive to win.)
For what are we contending? I believe the context is our looking for the old Gospel, not the new. It is you working within your own soul to increase your faith, to increase your heavenly reward. You see, when we accepted Christ and His eternal life in Heaven; we committed our lives to Christ. It is God’s will that we will serve Him and sacrifice our lives by winning souls, supporting missionaries, and tithing.
Are you contending, or just passing time?
(Romans 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Only through God’s Word can we strive (contend) for the faith of our Fathers. Only in our King James Bible can we find that “Faith Of Our Fathers Living Still.”
Bro John R. E Chastain