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Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World! (A Study of Jude) Message #4

Friends: I recently preached four messages on the little epistle of Jude. Here’s the fourth (and final) message (about 28 minutes long). Comments welcome!

Discussion Questions for Message #4: “Praise God Daily As You Serve Him in This World!” (Jude 24-25)

1. Are there specific questions you wish to discuss about our study of Jude up to this point?

2. “He is able to keep us from stumbling” (v. 24). My home church was split down the middle by a young brother who got into Calvinism and pushed it on everyone he could. How do we avoid dividing God’s people over such issues?

3. Do you think of God’s singing over you with joy? Why or why not?

4. Are you looking forward to that “presentation” (v. 24)? If this is referring to what is called “the judgment seat of Christ” (Rom. 14:10; 2 Cor. 5:10), how can we get ready for that day of presentation?

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2020 in Jude

 

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Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World! (A Study of Jude) Message #3

Friends: I recently preached four messages on the little epistle of Jude. Here’s the third message (about 29 minutes long). Comments welcome!

Discussion Questions for Message #3: “Grow Deeply in Your Own Christian Life!” (Jude 20-23)

1. What would you say is the greatest challenge for you in growing deeper in your walk with Christ?

2. How do you look at reading as a tool for Christian growth? What books are you presently working on?

3. This issue of evangelism — what scares you about sharing your faith? Why?

4. Becoming a friend of sinners — How does that practice help us practically in our own spiritual growth?

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2020 in Jude

 

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Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World! (A Study of Jude) Message #2

Friends: I recently preached four messages on the little epistle of Jude. Here’s the second message (about 31 minutes long). Comments welcome!

Here are some suggested post-message discussion questions:
1. How do we address the unbelief of our friends?
2. How do we change the mindset that God won’t judge anyone?
3. How do we recover a proper fear of God?
4. How can our church leaders help us avoid false teachers and false teaching?

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2020 in Jude

 

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Living for Jesus in an Un-Christian World! (A Study of Jude) Message #1

Friends: I recently preached four messages on the little epistle of Jude. Here’s the first message (about 24 minutes long). Comments welcome!

If you were to put together a few study questions based on this message, what would they be?

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2020 in Jude

 

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Self-Pollution! (A Study of Jude verse 8)

We live in a fallen, polluted world. And sometimes the biggest polluter of us . . . is us (“we” for you grammarians). How do we pollute ourselves? And what are some of the pollutants we must avoid?

I. They Don’t Know God!

First of all, these false teachers are described as “ungodly.” That’s the beginning of self-pollution — a lack of relationship with the living God.

II. They Pollute Their Own Bodies!

God cares very much what we do with our physical bodies. Romans 12:1-2 challenge the believer to present his body as a living sacrifice. Biblical Christianity is not anti-body or anti-matter. As C.S. Lewis says, “God likes matter. He created it!” And I Corinthians 3 and 6 teach that our bodies are temples in which the Holy Spirit Himself dwells!

III. They Reject Authority!

This rejecting of authority isn’t necessarily an explanation of their self-polluting, but it is an attendant sin that greatly impacts these false teachers. We presently live in an anti-authority culture. And resisting duly-elected authority is anti-God!

IV. They Abuse Angels!

How do they do this? The text doesn’t really tell us. But that category of created beings — angels — are spiritual spectators for whom there is no salvation. They are God’s servants to do His will. Those who fell are now called demons. The rest of the angelic world are “confirmed in holiness” (as theologians put it), so there will be no further angelic rebellion in heaven. We are not to worship angels. We are to be aware that Satan masquerades as an angel of light. What angels do, as Thomas Howard put it, is most of the time none of our business!

Today’s Challenge: Ask God how you may presently be self-polluting. And pray for specific help from the Holy Spirit to ingest, both physically and spiritually, what best helps you in your walk with Christ!

 

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2020 in Jude

 

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Dealing with DOUBT . . . and DOUBTERS! (A Study of Jude 22-23)

I. Show them mercy!

We don’t always treat doubters with kindness. We seem to resent their questions and can become angry at their unbelief. Os Guinness wrote a great book a few years ago entitled Doubt. It has been re-issued as In Two Minds. He’s also written an excellent article entitled “I Believe in Doubt” which may be found here.

We must give room for seekers to express their doubts and ask their questions. And that calls for MERCY!

II. Don’t lose the urgency of the gospel — “snatching them from the fire”

How close is your unsaved friend to eternity? One breath. One heartbeat. It’s not surprising that we Jesus-followers are sometimes over-zealous in presenting the gospel. Eternity is at stake! If I truly believe the gospel, sometimes I will feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to speak about eternal lostness. And so should you.

III. Have a godly fear yourself!

“mixed with fear”  — of what? Perhaps that doubt might begin to erode your own confidence in God. We are to show mercy mixed with fear. If this is a reference to the fear of the evangelist, then it might be a holy terror of what will happen to those who reject God’s mercy.

[I’m reminded of Galatians 6:1 which says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” There is risk involved in ministry . . . and in evangelism.]

IV. Don’t lose your hatred of sin!

‘“hating even their clothing stained by corrupted flesh”! What an expression! There is such a thing as godly hatred. And here that godly hatred is expressed hyperbolically as directed at the lost person’s clothing! That’s how much we should HATE SIN!

Today’s Challenge: Do you really care about lost people? Do their questions irritate you — or cause you to respond in mercy and love? Does their continual refusal to believe the gospel discourage you (me, too!)? May God renew you and me in a passion for the gospel, a love for the lost, and a clarity about the truth!

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2020 in Jude

 

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