Sermon on Jude 20-25, for the Last Sunday in the Church Year, about Jude's warning against false teaching and the call to rescue those trapped by it. How one is preserved for salvation and presented blameless before God.
Sermon Talking Points
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1. Read the 25 verses of the Book of Jude. The author of this short letter was the brother of James (cf. Jude 1 & James 1:1) and they both were the half-brothers of Jesus (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; 1 Corinthians 9:5). The book is very similar to parts of 2 Peter.
2. What was Jude’s purpose in writing? Vs. 3-4. What kind of people had crept into the church, and what false teaching were they spreading in it? See vs. 4, 8, 13, 16, 18, 19. How does one distinguish false teaching within the church, from the truth? Acts 17:11; 1 Thess. 5:21; 1 John 4:1
3. How does he encourage the embattled Christians to strengthen themselves against the false teachings? V. 20-21.
4. Jude also calls them to be active in helping those who have fallen victim to false teachings, or fallen into doubt. What should our attitude and approach be toward those who doubt? V. 22; Luke 24:36-40; Ephesians 4:2; 2 Timothy 4:2.
5. How should we help those who have already given into temptation and are facing judgment, or who have defiled themselves and are filled with guilt or shame? V. 23; Galatians 6:1-2; James 5:19-20; Amos 4:11; Zechariah 3:2.
6. How do verses 24-25 show that Jesus is uniquely able to save and protect us? What does it mean for us to be presented blameless before Him? Romans 8:1; Ephesians 5:25-27. How does this give us confidence to face the judgment? How shall we rejoice, now and into eternity?