Jude

Vs. 4, “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”  Though Jude would rather have written about glorious things (vs. 3), he is compelled by the Spirit of God to address those who have infiltrated the church.  The strategy of the enemy is often deceit and that is what we see here.  We too should not be naïve that this doesn’t happen in the churches today.  Jude gives us some OT examples of Israel and the first generation lacking faith (vs. 5), the fallen angels (vs. 6), and Sodom & Gomorrah (vs. 7).  It is not easy reading to hear of the hardened rebellion against our God (vs. 8-16).  Question: How should we respond?  Jude exhorts us to persevere in these last times (vs. 17-23).

Regarding application…Be Builders.  Vs. 20, “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.”  The picture of building reminds me of Nehemiah’s call to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  We must not be bystanders in this life.  The enemies of God are always trying to breakdown the church, but we must remain steadfast in building it.  What a timely reminder that we must pray even while we build.  Prayer is calling upon the resources that only God can provide.  Question: What are you building?  Take time today to consider your goals for 2013 and pray that God be the author of those plans.  I’m reminded of that saying, “Prayer in not getting man’s will done in heaven-it is getting God’s will done on earth.”

Introduction – Jude

Tucked in the back of the New Testament, we find the book of Jude.  Although it’s more of a brief letter…Jude is believed to be another half-brother of Jesus and brother of James.  Jude’s intention was to defend the faith against false teachings in the churches.  Jude urged believers to fight for the faith that had carefully been handed down to them.  Christians are to defend & stand up for what is true!  We are to hold on to our faith!

Jude 1

Vs. 3, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”  We see Jude’s humility and his desire to both shepherd and teach the church.  One of the main problems of why this was happening was the lack of understanding “GRACE” – undeserved acceptance & love (The YG here’s this defnition often).  These false teachers lacked a fear of God and took advantage of the fact that God’s grace covers their sins.  It was reckless teaching with a selfish motive.  Whether it was for financial gain, poplularity, pleasing the crowds, personal agenda…these teachers relied on their own talents rather than the strength of the Holy Spirit.

Regarding application…Build Ourselves Up.  Vs. 20, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”  In the midst of such falsehood and deception, we as Christians must all the more build ourselves up.  Remember, the enemy here wasn’t the pagans & unchurched…it was those in the church that were endangering the truth.  There is a name for this: Apostacy = The abandoning of the faith.  Even today, apostacy is rampant in the churches…especially in the faith that truly saves.  Question: What is building up?  Simply studying & knowing His word…we do that through QT’s!  Additionally through prayer, fellowship and dependence upon the Lord…we continue to build each other up.   Just as you cannot build a house without a foundation, we cannot build our lives without the foundation of Chirst.

QT – Jude 1

Introduction:
Tucked in the back of the New Testament, we find the book of Jude. Although it’s more of a brief letter…Jude is believed to be another half-brother of Jesus and brother of James. Jude’s intention was to defend the faith against false teachings in the churches. Jude urged believers to fight for the faith that had carefully been handed down to them. Christians are to defend & stand up for what is true! We are to hold on to our faith!

Vs. 3, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” We see Jude’s humility and his desire to both shepherd and teach the church. One of the main problems of why this was happening was the lack of understanding “GRACE” – undeserved acceptance & love. These false teachers lacked a fear of God and took advantage of the fact that God’s grace covers their sins. It was reckless teaching with a selfish motive. Whether it was for financial gain, poplularity, pleasing the crowds, personal agenda…these teachers relied on their own talents rather than the strength of the Holy Spirit.

Regarding application…Build Ourselves Up. Vs. 20, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” In the midst of such falsehood and deception, we as Christians must all the more build ourselves up. Remember, the enemy here wasn’t the pagans & unchurched…it was those in the church that were endangering the truth. There is a name for this: Apostasy = The abandoning of the faith. Even today, apostasy is rampant in the churches…especially in the faith that truly saves. Question: What is building up? Simply studying & knowing His word…we do that through QT’s! Just as you cannot build a house without a foundation, we cannot build our lives without the foundation of Chirst.