What is our default response to the bad things that happen (eg. earthquakes, tsunamis, agricultural droughts)? What are the half truths in the statements: It’s judgement for personal sin; it’s just a “natural” disaster; the Devil did it?
What should be our response to the bad things happen in light of what Joel 1:1-15 says?
How do we avoid making these half-truth statements to disasters?
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?