In Jude 1, we are told that Christians are those who are “kept” in the love of God, but in Jude 21, we are urged to “keep ourselves” in the love of God. What gives? Which is it? How can these work together?
What does Jude 20-21 say will help us to keep ourselves in the love of God?
Describe some examples of things that you currently do or could do to “build yourselves up in your most holy faith.”
How important is it for those who profess faith in Jesus to continue believing in him until they die? What’s at stake if they turn away? What was at stake for Israel when they turned away from God’s Word, refusing to enter the Promised Land?
Does the danger in falling away from belief in Jesus frighten you? Why or why not? How should we respond to a warning like what’s in Jude 5?
What’s the point in the three stories that Jude puts together in verses 5-7? What is he trying to emphasize?
If you have been a believer for awhile, do you find that you have grown accustomed to God’s grace?
What are some ways you can prevent familiarity with the Gospel turning into indifference to the Gospel?
One common viewpoint for Jews in the 1st century regarding Abraham was that he was “reckoned righteous” because of his faithfulness in testing (1 Maccabees 2:52). How does this relate to Paul’s point in Romans 4:1-3?
Have you ever been caught acting in a way that is contrary to what you said you would do? What happened? Were you embarrassed? (If you don’t want to share your own example, share one you witnessed in another. Just please leave names out).
What is the worst test you can remember?
How do you feel about the idea that God tests his people (Deuteronomy 13:1-4 or Genesis 22:1)? How is this different from tempting them, which the Bible says God doesn’t do (James 1:13-15)? What is God’s goal in his tests?
Read Genesis 12:10-20 and then read Genesis 20:1-18. What is similar in these passages? What is different?
Why do you think Abraham used the same tactic in Genesis 20 (calling his wife his sister) with Abimelech that he used with Pharaoh in Genesis 12? What was motivating him? Why didn’t he learn the lesson the first time around?
What are some perpetual sins that Christians tend to struggle with? What advice would you give to those struggling with those sins regarding how to avoid them? Why do we struggle so much with committing the same sins over and over again?