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Examples of Apostasy (Jude 5-11)

Examples of Apostasy (Jude 5-11)

Jude 5-11

I. Examples of God’s righteous judgment (Jude 5-7)

    A. The Israelites delivered from Egypt, then destroyed for unbelief (Jude 5; 1 Corinthians 10:1-5; Hebrews 3:16-19)
    B. The angels who left their own abode (Jude 6; Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; 1 Timothy 3:6)
    C. Sodom and Gomorrah (and surrounding cities) who committed sexual immorality (Jude 7; Gen. 19:1-13, 24-25)

II. “Likewise” (Jude 8-10) – refers back to the “ungodly men” of v.4

    A. Defile the flesh (Jude 8)
    B. Reject authority (Jude 8)
    C. Speak evil of dignitaries (Jude 8-10; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Peter 2:10-12)

III. “Woe to them!” (Jude 11)

    A. The way of Cain – disobedience, hate, murder (Genesis 4:1-8)
    B. The error of Balaam – the abuse of influence for personal gain (Numbers 22:5-7)
    C. The rebellion of Korah – rebellion against divinely constituted authority (Numbers 16:1-35)

Can He Depend On You?

Can He Depend On You?

Based on a hymn written by Wilkin B. “Chief” Bacon in 1943.

I. First verse: the crucifixion

    A. We must be motivated by His mercy, even while suffering (Luke 23:34)
    B. “For us He died that for Him we might live” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

II. Second verse: the resurrection

    A. We must be motivated by His resurrection to share the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:13-20)
    B. Baptism recreates the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:3-5)

III. Third verse: the hope of heaven

    A. We must be motivated by His promise to receive us to a prepared place in eternity (John 14:2-3)
    B. Evangelism is an outpouring of love and gratitude for the Savior (Matthew 28:19-20)

IV. Chorus: can He depend on you?

    A. Do we respond appropriately to His great sacrifice? (Acts 4:20)
    B. Our focus must be on eternity (Colossians 3:1-4)


Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Jude 3-4)

Contend Earnestly for the Faith (Jude 3-4)

Jude 3-4

I. Priorities and balance

    A. Jude’s desired focus: “our common salvation”
    B. What was really needed at that moment: “contend earnestly for the faith”
    C. “The faith” is the singular system of faith (Ephesians 4:5)

II. The finality of God’s Word

    A. “Once for all delivered” – no additions or modifications (Galatians 1:6-9)
    B. Culture does not determine truth (Galatians 1:11)

III. Dangers of false teachers

    A. “Crept in unnoticed” (2 Timothy 3:6; Galatians 2:4; 2 Peter 2:1)
    B. “Marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men” – not the specific individuals, but the character of the person was foretold (Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 3:1-7; 4:3-4)
    C. “Who turn the grace of our God into lewdness” (Romans 5:20-6:2)
    D. “Deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” – denial can come by word or deed (1 John 2:4)

“Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged” (Matthew 7:1-6)

Matthew 7:1-6

I. What type of “judging”? (Matthew 7:1-2)

    A. Presumption of salvation or lack of it (Matthew 7:1; John 12:48; Acts 17:31; 2 Timothy 4:1)
    B. Some types of judgment required (John 7:24; Matthew 7:6, 15-16)
    C. How we treat someone is generally how they treat us (Matthew 7:2; Luke 6:37-38)

II. The fallacy of faultfinding (Matthew 7:3-5)

    A. Judgments must be made out of love (Leviticus 19:15-18)
    B. We must not ignore or tolerate sin, but we must first put ourselves in a position to help (Galatians 6:1)

III. Some judgment required (Matthew 7:6)

    A. Patience is needed (2 Timothy 4:2)
    B. And yet, at some point we must recognize that some will not listen to truth and we must stop wasting time where the truth is not wanted

Jude’s View of Himself and Others (Jude 1-2)

Jude's View of Himself and Others (Jude 1-2)

Jude 1-2

I. Jude according to Jude

    A. Which Jude? (shortened form of “Judas” – Matthew 1:2; 10:4; Acts 5:37; 9:11; 15:22-32; Mark 6:3; Acts 1:14)
    B. “Bondservant of Jesus Christ” (cf. Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1; James 1:1; Romans 6:16-20)
    C. “Brother of James” (cf. John 7:5; Acts 1:14)

II. Jude’s recipients

    A. “Called” (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:14)
    B. “Sanctified” (cf. John 17:17, 19; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
    C. “Preserved” (cf. Jude 21; Philippians 2:12)

III. The blessings of being in Christ

    A. “Mercy” (cf. Exodus 33:19)
    B. “Peace” (cf. Philippians 4:7, 9)
    C. “Love” (cf. Romans 5:8) – sacrificial love
    D. “Be multiplied” (cf. Ephesians 3:20)

Learning from the Past (1 Corinthians 10:1-11)

Learning from the Past (1 Corinthians 10:1-11)

1 Corinthians 10:1-11

I. Idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:7)

    A. “No other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3); no carved images (Exo. 20:4) – both violated in the worship of the golden calf (Exo. 32:6)
    B. Modern idolatry: covetousness (Colossians 3:5-7)

II. Immorality (1 Corinthians 10:8)

    A. Harlotry with women of Moab (Numbers 25:1-9)
    B. Fornication was a serious issue in the first century church (1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:18) and remains so today

III. Insolence (1 Corinthians 10:9)

    A. Disrespect (Numbers 21:4-7)
    B. Our attitude toward suffering must be different (Job 13:15; Romans 8:28; James 1:2-3)

IV. Ingratitude (1 Corinthians 10:10)

    A. Complaining (Exodus 16:2-3; 17:3)
    B. How can we complain against God when we consider His “unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15), His mercy (Psalm 103:10), and “the inheritance incorruptible and undefiled” (1 Peter 1:35)?

Based in part on “A History of Wanderers” by Thomas H. Holland

God’s Dress Code (Galatians 3:26-27)

God's Dress Code (Galatians 3:26-27)

Galatians 3:26-27

I. The clothing God requires

    A. Garments of salvation (Isaiah 61:10) and righteousness (Job 29:14)
    B. White, purified (Revelation 3:5, 18; 7:14)
    C. Humility (1 Peter 5:5)
    D. Undefiled (Jude 22-23); not filthy (Zechariah 3:3-4); not of violence (Psalm 73:6); not of cursing (Psalm 109:14-20); not of covetousness (1 Thessalonians 2:5)

II. Why should we dress this way?

    A. To avoid the shame of nakedness (Revelation 3:18; 16:15)
    B. To serve (1 Peter 2:15-16; 5:5)
    C. To avoid rejection (Matthew 22:1-14)
    D. To walk with Him (Revelation 3:4)

III. What should we do as we follow God’s dress code?

    A. Watch (Revelation 16:15)
    B. Keep unspotted (2 Peter 3:14) and unwrinkled (Ephesians 5:27)
    C. Overcome (Revelation 3:5)

God’s Merciful Invitation (Isaiah 55:1-13)

God's Merciful Invitation (Isaiah 55)

Isaiah 55:1-13

I. The invitation extended (Isaiah 55:1-5)

    A. To everyone (Revelation 22:17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
    B. Satisfaction in the Lord’s mercy (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
    C. Actions required: incline, come, hear
    D. “The sure mercies of David” (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Acts 13:34-39)
    E. Christ is the faithful witness (Rev 1:5; John 18:37)

II. The invitation accepted (Isaiah 55:6-9)

    A. Seek (Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 11:6)
    B. Repentance: forsake wicked ways and unrighteous thoughts and return to the Lord (Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8)
    C. Abundant forgiveness (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:19)
    D. Contrast between man’s thoughts and ways and God’s

III. The purpose of God’s Word (Isaiah 55:10-13)

    A. Rain and snow serve physical purpose; God’s Word serves spiritual purpose (Hebrews 4:12-13; John 6:63; 1 Peter 1:22-25; James 1:18, 21)
    B. Joy and peace

Flee! Follow! Fight! (1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:22-23)

Flee! Follow! Fight! (1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:22-23)

1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:22-23

I. Flee!

    A. Covetousness (1 Timothy 6:6-11a)
    B. Youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22a; 1 John 2:15-17)

II. Follow!

    A. Righteousness (both; Matthew 6:33)
    B. Godliness (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:12)
    C. Faith (both; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6)
    D. Love (both; John 14:15)
    E. Patience (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:24; 4:2)
    F. Gentleness (1 Tim. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:24; Galatians 6:1)
    G. Peace (2 Timothy 2:22; Romans 12:18)

III. Fight!

    A. “The good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12; Jude 3; 1 Peter 3:15; Ephesians 4:15)
    B. Yet, you do not have to attend every argument you are invited to! (2 Timothy 2:23; John 16:12)

The Futility of Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)

The Futility of Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)

Matthew 6:25-34

I. The birds of the air (Matthew 6:25-27)

    A. This does not discourage work (1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:10)
    B. We are created to work, not worry (Genesis 1:28; 2:15; 3:17-19)

II. The lilies of the field (Matthew 6:28-30)

    A. More beautiful than Solomon’s glory (1 Kings 10:23)
    B. Needless worry is an indicator of “little faith”

III. The kingdom of God (Matthew 6:31-34)

    A. The worry of the Gentiles vs. the provision of God
    B. Our priority: seeking His kingdom and His righteousness (Colossians 3:1-2; Hebrews 11:6)
    C. We are not always sure what circumstances we will face from day to day. While we should be prepared, we should not be anxious.