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The Sense of Jude

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Nehemiah 8:8
Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Sense of Jude

Jude 1:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Jude 1:9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you."

Jude 1:22-23 And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

These are probably most memorable from this book

But are they what the book is about

Many lessons when we break down book of Jude

Often focus lessons on particular few verses

Look tonight at entire message of Jude

Reading from the Book of God is important to our development as Christians.

We often think of reading the Bible as something we do at home, or on our own.

While reading Jude this past Friday I had a few thoughts come to mind that might help us in serving God. Maybe, at least, they will help us get more from our reading of Scripture.

As Ezra of old, tonight I want to...

Nehemiah 8:8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

Read Jude

What is the message Jude is conveying?

Speaks to those who belong to God.

Warns of need to fight for the faith.

Reason for fight is false teachers among them.

Reminds of fate of unbelievers in the past.

Warns of taking judgment into our own hands.

Categorizes current unbelievers with those of old.

Reminds them they had been warned.

Tells them to focus on God.

Gives them responsibility to save those they can.

Some gently, others forcefully.

Closes with a reminder that God can save them.


Is Jude about fighting for the faith, judging others, or saving others?

All and none.

While all of these and more are gleaned from a diligent study of the text, Jude is a warning letter.

Jude tells Christians, false teachers will lead to your destruction.

God will punish unbelievers, even if they claim to believe!

We sometimes want to focus on a few verses at a time, and while there is often a place for this type of study, sometimes we miss the big picture.

Kind of a "can't see the forest for the trees" situation.

As you read the Bible, don't forget to look at the big picture.

Each of the Epistles was delivered as one continuous letter.

Think on the overall focus of the writer, not just the points in a particular few verses.

Why did Jude write?

Christians were falling prey to false teachers!

They needed to be reminded to get back to God!

Maybe instead of reading a few chapters at a time, we ought to read a book at a time.

Especially with the Epistles.

The Word of God will guide you to Heaven by way of Christ.

If you give attention to it and let it control your life.

Dan Henderson

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