Jude – Session 1:4 Outline, Text and Challenge
Transcript of the 4th part of Session 1.
Contend for the Faith – More on that in a bit. But what I’d like to do now, because it is such a short book. I want us to get our feet wet right away with the text itself. What I would like us to do is to read the entire book together. Like any part of the Bible, the more you read it and become familiar with it, the more it gets down on the inside of you. And my goal for us as I was preparing this message – my goal for us is that this one chapter, this book of the Bible, by the time we finish our study, that you would be more familiar with this book than any other book of the Bible.
And to help facilitate that, I am going to issue a challenge each week. It’s going to be a small challenge. Nothing too hard, but if you do the challenges every week – you will understand this book at a level you never have before. The challenge for week one is to simply read through the book every day. A total of 25 verses, so it shouldn’t take long, but by doing so we will begin to really get this on the inside.
So, let’s read this book together out loud, and then we’ll finish up with the outline for the series and some closing remarks and prayer. Starting in verse 1 – Let’s read.
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
5 Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
8 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.
11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Part 1. Intro – verse 3
- Session I – Intro
- Session II – Verses 1 – 3 where we are going to talk about Servanthood. Being called, Being loved, and being kept. And we’ll finish by digging into the term Contend for the Faith. The term “Contend for the Faith” will then open up into a 3 part mini-series. A series within a series, called the Signature of God. Where we will go over the premise that God proved he wrote the Bible by putting his Signature in it, so to speak. By putting in Supernatural revelation within its pages and sometimes even underneath the text in what is called the Bible Codes, God has authenticated Scripture so that we can have confidence that it is indeed the Word of God.
Part 2. Verse 3 – Contend for the Faith (Signature of God)
- Session III – We are going to look at advanced Medical statements in the Bible. There are medical statements in the Bible that are going to blow our minds
- Session IV – We will look at evidence of God’s signature found in Archaelogy and then move into Advanced Scientific Statements in the Bible
- Session V – We will close out this section looking at the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and spend the remainder of time looking at the very cool and controversial subject of the Bible Codes
Part 3. Verse 4-19 – Warning!
- Session VI – Warnings from Israel, Angels, and Sodom
- Session VII – Warnings from Michael, Cain, Balaam, and Korah
- Session VIII – Warnings from Enoch and the Apostles
Part 4. Verse 20-24
- Session IX – Action Plan; Benediction; Conclusion
Until next time, may God richly bless you and yours!
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