Abbotsford – April 22, Jude 5-13
When it comes to small books of the Bible that pack a big punch, there aren’t many that could contend with Jude. This short letter, written by the brother of Jesus, is packed full of historical references as he brings an all out attack on false teachers and the destructive path they leave behind them.
Oftentimes when a preacher brings up false teachers and false teaching, the response from others is something to the effect of: “Why can’t we just talk about the gospel? Why do we have to be divisive and bring things like this up?” Well, Jude’s initial desire was to talk about different and more positive things – namely, about the salvation that Jude and his audience share. However, the context in which his audience lived was so full of influential false teachers and teachings that Jude could not just ignore them. He was compelled, instead, to contend for the faith once delivered.
Since Jude’s time, the Christian church has wanted to talk only about the salvation in which we share. However, since Jude’s time, the Christian church has also found itself in contexts where false teachings and teachers are so influential in the lives of believers that it’s irresponsible of leaders and preachers to just ignore them.
Our context is different than Jude’s, and the false teachers and teachings that influence the lives of believers are different. We wish we could talk about nicer things, but we feel compelled at this time to urge our church to understand and contend for the faith entrusted to us.
Abbotsford – April 15, Jude 3-4
- What are the dangers of confronting false teaching? What are the dangers in not confronting it?
- How comfortable are you with the idea of confronting false teaching in the church? Do you cringe when a pastor does it? What makes you cringe? Or are you excited when a pastor does it? If so, why?
- How do you tell if a false teacher is false?
Abbotsford – April 8, Jude 1
- What kinds of images would you use to describe the way you think Christians really are?
- What kinds of images would you use to describe what Christians should be?
- How does the Bible describe Christians? What kinds of images does it use?