Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jude - Overcoming the Apostates

LINK: Jude  


BACKGROUND


Jude was the brother of Jesus and James. He wrote this letter in about A.D. 65 to warn Jewish Christians and all who believe everywhere about the danger of false teaching by exhorting them to contend for the faith, remember the teachings of the apostles, build themselves up in their faith, pray in the Holy Spirit, and be merciful to those who doubted. 


He used examples of apostates in the past from Egypt, angels, and Sodom and Gomorrah. He said the actions of the apostates of the present were they that:
1) Rejected authority (8-10) 
2) Walked in error (11) 
3) Led falsely (12-13) 
4) Pleased themselves (14-16)
He concluded by stating that the victory over apostasy was found in Jesus Christ. Jesus would keep them from stumbling. 


BIBLE STUDY TOOL

Structuring is also a very good way to look at this book.

Structuring is a tool or a process that allows you to see the logical flow of thought in any passage, chapter, or book. It should allow you to see at a glance the primary elements of a passage and to see how the supporting thoughts relate to the complete thoughts. As a result, you will be able to more easily identify the context of the book you are studying, the author’s purpose for writing the book, and the theme of the book. Keep in mind that the process of structuring is only a tool and not the end result itself; it is a tool to use to help you know truth for yourself.  

(Precept Upon Precept, Jude, p. 57)

Here is an example of the structuring of Jude on p. 57-71 of this document:




REFLECTION/APPLICATION


Here is a charge:

Know what God's Word says about who Jesus is and stand firm in it!



One year, I led a class where I had speakers come in to teach basic doctrine. They had students read page after page of systematic theology books. Why not just look at the Bible to learn who Jesus is?

If you have been reading from Genesis to Revelation, you have probably learned more than you could have learned in any systematic theology class. It is also good to look at things topically, and that is why I have recommended the study called Discipleship Essentials

I know some of you are fathers who are reading this (because your wives have told me). This would be a really great book to do with your family for your devotional time. Moms can do it too! If you do not have kids (or they are too young - I suggest a more mature middle school age and above), get two friends together for a brick laying or brick checking group! It may seem really elementary to some of you, but the topics covered in this book are foundational, and sometimes we need to go back to our foundations and make sure our bricks are not rotting. That is why I disciple: to check my bricks!


Here is the Table of Contents:


Part One: Growing Up in Christ

1) Making Disciples 
2) Being a Disciple
3) Quiet Time
4) Bible Study
5) Prayer
6) Worship


Part Two: Understanding the Message of Christ (doctrine)

7) The Three-Person God
8) Made in God's Image
9) Sin
10) Grace
11) Redemption
12) Justification
13) Adoption


Part Three: Becoming Like Christ

14) Filled with the Holy Spirit
15) Fruit of the Holy Spirit
16) Trust
17) Love
18) Justice
19) Witness


Part Four: Serving Christ

20) The Church
21) Ministry Gifts
22) Spiritual Warfare
23) Walking in Obedience
24) Sharing the Wealth


Bonus:

25) Money


APPLICATION


Get a copy of Discipleship Essentials and some friends or family members and GO FOR IT! 

Or you could do the second Bible Study called the "Commands of Christ" from this handout:

DISCOVERY BIBLE STUDY WITH LISTS


PRAYER


Lord, establish us in Your Word. Help us to know what we believe and why we believe it so that we can stand firm against false teaching. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
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