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 This short letter, written by the brother of Jesus, is packed full of historical references as he brings an all out attack on false teachers and the destructive path they leave behind them.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.
Mission – May 20, Jude 24-25
- Have you ever doubted the assurance of your salvation? Why?
- When this verse tells us that God is able, the greek word for “able” is dunamai, which also means “power”…it’s where we get the english word “dynamite” from. Based on this knowledge, and that God has adopted believers in Christ as His children (Gal. 4:4-7), does that give you confidence that he will keep you from falling away? Why or why not?
- Read through Ephesians 1:13-14 together. What is the Holy Spirit given to us as? Is that a comfort to you? Why or why not?
Mission – May 13, Jude 20-23
- What do you think about Andy’s definition of faith?
- What are some things that you are doing to build/secure your faith?
- What are some questions about the faith that you have or have had? If you have resolved questions about your faith how did you work through those?
Mission – May 6, Jude 14-19
- In what ways do false teachers grumble against the Word of God?
- How should we respond when we see Bible teachers justifying their sin or refusing to acknowledge that how they live is sinful?
- Why would Jude need to remind his readers about the future of false teachers?
Mission – April 22, Jude 5-13
- In these three verses, Jude highlights three scenarios from biblical history to support what he says in verse 4 … “who long ago were designated for this condemnation.”
Consider each scenario:
- Read verse 5. How did God deal with unbelieving Israel in the wilderness? (See Numbers 14:26-35; Deuteronomy 1:26-36)
- Read verse 6. How did God deal with rebellious angels? (See Genesis 6:1-4; 2 Peter 2:4)
- Read verse 7. How did God deal with Sodom and Gomorrah? (See Genesis 19:1-29)
Mission – April 15, Jude 3-4
- Jude was eager to write to his audience about their common salvation. What is this “common salvation” he’s referring to?
- There’s an appeal in verse 3 for Christians to “contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saint”. What does Jude mean by “contend”?
- These chosen, loved and kept christians (Jude 1), are to contend “for the faith”? Define “the faith” Jude refers to in this verse.