Discernment in a Day of Doctrinal Danger

“Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints…” Jude 3

I.  A Reason for an ALARM  (v. 4)

To “contend earnestly” means to vigorously & continually __________ or fight for the Truth. (v. 3) cf. 1 Tim. 6:12 The _________ for this “appeal” is found in verse 4. (“For”) “Crept in unnoticed” –  __________  “wormed their way in” The phrase means “to  slip in secretly” or “under cover.”

“Attacks from outside the church often unite God’s people, but attacks from inside…usually divide & confuse.” J. Mac

“Long beforehand marked out” – ______________ Their future judgment was ordained of God! “Ungodly persons” – ___________ A favorite word of Jude’s meaning irreverent. (vv. 15,18) “Turn the grace of God into licentiousness” – _________ Means the absence of moral restraint; unrestrained vice. “Deny our only Master & Lord” – ______________ These people were rebellious & unwilling to submit. This detailed description reveals the serious _________ these “certain persons” posed to the Church.

II.  A Reminder of an ACCOUNT  (vv. 5-7)

Jude, like Peter, desired to __________ the church of important truths they already knew.  cf.  2 Pet. 1:12; 3:1

3 O.T. Reminders of God’s Certain Judgment:

  1. Nation of Israel – Num. 13-14   Rebellious Unbelief When things become too __________, it’s easy to forget.
  2. Fallen Angels – Gen. 6; Is. 14    Rebellious Pride Though evil has been __________, it is not yet destroyed.
  3. Sodom & Gomorrah – Gen. 19     Rebellious Lust Though it is the most often recorded ___________ of God in Scripture, it has not been taken seriously! (20+)

POINT:  God’s severest judgment is reserved for those who know the Truth, and yet still __________ it.

Practical Application:

  1. Theology vs. Methodology
  2. Clarity vs. Confusion

Appointments with God

“Doctrinal Discernment”

Jude 4-7

Monday, October 11th

Meditate upon the Judgment of Teachers:

  • James 3:1

Why do you think that “teachers” will be held to a “stricter judgment?”  Please pray for those who teach & influence others – School & S.S. teachers, pastors, elders, etc.  For Truth & Integrity!

Tuesday, October 12th

Meditate upon the Job of Elders/Overseers/Pastors:

  • Titus 1:9

Notice the words “holding fast”; “exhort”; and “refute.” What a job description!!  Are our elders living up to this requirement?  Pray for Doctrinal Purity!

Wednesday, October 13th

Meditate upon the Responsibility of God’s Servants:

  • 1 Timothy 4:1-8, 14-16

Make as many observations as you can about deception and Truth in the “later times.”  Is it easy being a spiritual leader in the last days?  Spend extra time being “nourished” on the words of the Faith!!

Thursday, October 14th

Meditate upon the Need for Doctrinal Clarity:

  • 2 Timothy 2:15

Notice the words “be diligent.”  Check a good study Bible on the meaning.  Also “accurately handling.” How do you know if you handle the Truth correctly? Pray for Biblical Discernment & Wisdom for yourself.

Friday, October 15th

Meditate upon the Subtle Danger of Deception:

  • 2 Corinthians 11:12-15

Do you think “false teachers” today are going to wear a badge or announce they are deceivers?  How will you recognize them?  Pray for God to give us a greater love for His Truth to discern Error.

Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 16-17

Meditate upon the Judgment of False Teachers:

  • 2 Peter 2:1-3

Notice the words “secretly introduce destructive heresies.”  It’s happening today!  Don’t be deceived! Pray for the Churches in M-town to be Strong in the Truth!

33 The Book of Jude (Jude 1_4-7)

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