If we are to be a base church, we must remain true and contend for the faith. Just as in Antioch, we live in a world where wealth and beauty are idolised and all sorts of weird and wild ideas get an audience over the internet. Being clear on our message is as relevant today as in 1st century Antioch. Contending for the faith was part of the NT church - many times they had to stand up for the truth in the face of false teachings and unjust accusations. This did not harm their growth and in many cases we read that persecution was followed by addition and multiplication as with those who planted the church in Antioch after Stephen’s stoning. So, what do we need to learn from this and how does it impact us as a church and in our individual lives? Contend means “to fight” for or “to stand up for” – in Latin it’s contendere which means “with stretch”. To fight for something with stretch. In the Greek it implies striving as in an athletic contest or in warfare. There is a strong sense of battle. So, how do we contend? Contending is fighting like a soldier. Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:3 “Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus”. Well, you’re in the army now and I want you to be a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Find out 3 traits of a good soldier that will help us contend.

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