And the question we must ask is, regardless of how charismatic and how slick a speaker is, and how good his or her teaching sounds, we must ask “Is what they are teaching from God? Does what they teach truly align with the Word of God?”
Jude – Session 2.1
Good evening and welcome to FUEL. RockChurch’s midweek Bible study where we go verse by verse through the Word of God.
Now tonight we are continuing our deep dive into the book of Jude. We just kicked off this series last week, so if you missed, no worries – you should be able to catch back up pretty quickly – here’s a quick review:
Last time we got our foot in the door. We covered the fact that Jude is like the Bible’s version of a zip file. There is a lot of information in here, but it’s condensed, and as we begin to unpack it, we are treated to one of the most powerful and one of the most relevant books, especially for you and I. This book is incredibly relevant to American Christians here in the early part of the 21st. Century.
We also talked about the interesting fact of the author’s identity. Scholars have identified the author of Jude as Judas, one of Jesus’ earthly brothers. Both him and his brother James didn’t believe in Jesus until they were eyewitnesses to his Resurrection. Once they realized who he was, they committed their lives to following and serving him.
The fact that his earthly brothers became his disciples is pretty powerful, if you think about it.
The last thing we talked about was the theme of the book. This book was given to us as a red alert. As a tornado siren to alert us. To warn us – And it’s an urgent warning -That the Body of Christ has been infiltrated by False Teachers. Another name for these kind of teachers are called Apostates. We will spend some time digging into that word in one of our sessions, but for now the main thing about apostates, is that they have fallen away from The Faith. They snuck in the backdoor, if you will. They said they believed one thing, but really believed another.
Jesus warned us about them.
The apostle Paul warned us about them.
Both John and Peter warn us as well.
And now this book is to give us some in-depth instruction. And the thing we saw last time is that Jesus, our Lord is very concerned about what we believe. He is the Good Shepherd, and he is very concerned about his Sheep not being led astray. He told Peter Feed my sheep. He wants his sheep fed truth. These apostates are feeding his sheep poison, instead.
And we have a part to play. He’s called us to not be passive, but to be active and discerning when it comes to what we believe, and who we allow to speak into our lives. And the question we must ask is, regardless of how charismatic and how slick a speaker is, and how good his or her teaching sounds, we must ask “Is what they are teaching from God? Does what they teach truly align with the Word of God?”
Jesus wants us to be alert because he doesn’t want us to ingest spiritual poison that will keep us from him and his best for us.
One last thing as we get into the text. An easy way to remember the theme of this book is to remember the following statement:
Another name for the book of Acts is the Acts of the Apostles.
Another name of this book could be the Acts of the Apostates.
Until next time, may God richly bless you and yours!
FUEL meets Thursday nights at 6:30 in the sanctuary of RockChurch
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East Peoria, IL 61611