HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

November 30/Jude

Verses 1-2 > Jude asked that the Lord give us more mercy, peace and love. Jude was the half brother of Jesus and yet while Jesus was living with him and showing Jude all sorts of mercy, peace and love apparently it wasn’t enough to turn Jude to accept Jesus as the Messiah sent by God. I guess Jude needed a little more mercy, peace and love which he got as he watched his brother die on the cross, as he watched his body put in a tomb and as he saw him come back to life. It was then that Jude got it. You see we can go out of our way to do good kind things for people in this life but we must also tell them how Jesus died and rose again for them if we expect them to receive Jesus as savior and Lord.

Verse 3 > Jude says that we will put in situations where we need to defend our faith. In other words we must be willing to lay down our lives for our faith. Nothing must be more important to us than our faith in Jesus. Daniel chapter 3 is a good examples of three guys defending their faith. Defending your faith isn’t about always having the right answer but it is about having perspective of what is important to you in this life.

Verse 4 > you can defend your faith by living a moral Christ centered life.

James 2:14–17 (NLT) — 14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

Verses 5-7 > faith will lead you to faithfulness! Those folks talked about in these verses did not defend their faith instead they gave in to unfaithfulness. Are you defending your faith? Is your faith leading you to faithfulness?

Verses 8-11 > more examples of people who did not defend the faith of the Lord. Cain sold out his faith for anger and jealousy. Money was more important to Balaam then faith in God. Korah lost his faith because he wanted the power and authority that Moses had. These things > anger, jealousy money, power and authority still kill people’s faith in God today. It is like Jude could have wrote this letter yesterday.

Verses 12-13 > by not defending your faith you invite all kinds of destructives things into your life. Each day we defend our faith by our attitudes and lifestyle. Defending our faith by living it out closes doors on the things that can destroy souls. Tragedies in life come to all of us but the real tragedy is that which would destroy the soul. People have lost their lives because they defended their faith in Jesus but they did not lose their souls.

Verses 14-19 > stay away from those people who profess to be Christians but do not defend the faith. You can tell who they are because they grumble, they complain, they are divisive and they only think about themselves.

Verses 20-21 > build up your faith so that you will not grow weary in defending your faith. You build up your faith by spending time meditating on God’s word, by letting the Holy Spirit direct your prayers and by praying in tongues much so that you can stay built up and by staying in fellowship with other believers who are also defending their faith. Do it even when you don’t feel like it. Do it even when you don’t want to. Why? Because the enemy never rests. He is relentless. So lets me more relentless!

Romans 10:17 (NLT) — 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NLT) — 4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally,…

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) — 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) — 17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Jude ends with praise and a reason for us to defend our faith.

Jude 24–25 (NLT) — 24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Jude is where the statement love the sinner but not the sin comes from. After listing many ways fsith can be shipwrecked Jude still encourages us to try and bring the lost to salvation through Jesus.