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Jude

Good Questions: These Lessons Have Groups Talking

by Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com

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Jude 3 - 4, 17 - 25(1)

OPEN

DIG

  1. As we read this passage, look for who is attacking the faith.
  2. Look at verse 4. How are some people changing the grace of God for a license for immorality?
  3. Do people do this today?
  4. What are some other ways people attack the faith today?
  5. Doesn't it make sense: God will forgive, go ahead, sin a little?(2)
  6. Verse 18 talks about scoffers. What is a scoffer?(3)
  7. Verse 20 is a command to build yourself up in the faith. How do you do this? Be specific. Let's make a list of ideas on the board.
  8. How are you doing with these things, say, on a scale of one to ten?
  9. Who would say one thing that you would do better at this week, in terms of building yourself up? Who would go public?(4)
  10. What does it mean to, "keep yourself in God's love"? How do we do that? Again, be specific.
  11. How are we to treat doubters among us?
  12. Should we be a community where doubt can come out in the open?(5) Is this a place where someone can speak up and say, "I really have a hard time with. . ."?
  13. In what ways have doubts crept into your life at times? How have you been tempted to doubt God?
  14. Look at the first half of verse 23. What does it mean to snatch others from the fire? Have you ever done that?
  15. What is the last half of this verse talking about-"hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh"?
  16. Who is able to see that we endure to the end?
  17. How will he present us?(6)
  18. Whose joy is this referring to, God's or ours?(7)
  19. How would you summarize what we have read in this short book?
  20. What is one truth you would want to take with you today?

1. Jude 1:1-25

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by 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 I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. [4] For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change 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 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 own home--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, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. [9] But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" [10] Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals--these are the very things that 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 men 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 these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones [15] to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him." [16] These men 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 men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

[20] But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray 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] snatch others from the fire and save them; 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 falling 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.

2. This line of thought is based on the understanding that sin is the good stuff. It is not. Sin is the bad stuff. Sure, it tastes good in the mouth, but it gives the body cancer. The evil one comes to kill, steal and destroy. He does wrap his packages in attractive colors.

3. I encourage you to read your quarterlies, read the commentaries, read something that brings some truth to the table. It is beyond the scope of this work to provide answers. I am just here to ask good questions.

4. It may be, if time is short, that you could stop here.

5. If it can't it will probably not get better.

6. Without fault and with great joy.

7. My reading is that he will present us without fault and with great joy. Both qualities refer to us. It is a Christian duty to be without fault. It is also a Christian duty to be a person of great joy.