The Book of JUDE – 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. PROFILE of Problematic Parishioners (vv. 8-10)
The best antidote for error is a mature understanding of the __________! cf. Jn. 17:17; 1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 2:15 The word “these” (men) is used ___ times in vv. 8-19.
“Jude focuses more on the teachers of the heresy than on the heresy of the teachers.” Bruce Wilkinson
Their Characteristics: cf. 2 Peter 2;10-16
“Defile the Flesh” (v. 8) – __________ ______ False teachers besetting sins: Immorality & ________ cf. 2 Peter 2:10, 14
“Reject Authority” (v. 8) – ________________ The word “reject” is a very deliberate word meaning to ______ one’s back on someone – human authority! i.e. leaders in the church 2 Th. 3:14-15; Heb. 13:17
“Revile Angelic Majesties” – (v. 8) ___________ The word “revile” means to slander or speak evil of. The point of the reference to “Michael” in v. 9, is that
even an “archangel” is not ______________. cf. 2 Pet. 2:10-11; Dan. 10:13-21
II. Profile of PAST Problematic Parishioners (v. 11)
In verse 11, Jude pronounces ___________ on these men as false teachers & apostates. cf. Jer. 23:1; Matt. 23
3 Spiritually Rebellious Men of O.T. History:
1. CAIN – Gen. 4 “The way of Cain” was a religion of self- will and man-made ___________. cf. 1 Jn. 3:11-12
2. BALAAM – Num. 22-24 “The error of Balaam” was mixing religion and __________. cf. 2 Pet. 2:14b-16
3. KORAH – Num. 16 “The rebellion of Korah” was one of the most serious rebellions in all of Scripture and was rooted in ___________ & contempt toward Moses. cf. Num 3:27-32; 16:1-3, 32-35
- For Children – the way of Cain
- For Church Leaders – the error of Balaam
- For Worship Leaders – the rebellion of Korah
Appointments with God
Monday, October 18th
Meditate upon the Deception of “Dreamers:”
- Deuteronomy 13:1-5
Notice the words, “the LORD your God is testing you” in verse 3. Who do you most often listen to? Ask for God to give you a greater hunger for His Word!
Tuesday, October 19th
Meditate upon the Need for Godly Shepherds:
- Jeremiah 23:1-4
Here is another instance of God pronouncing “woe” on spiritual leaders (Jude 11). Pray for pastors and elders to “shepherd” God’s flock with Integrity and Truth.
Wednesday, October 20th
Meditate upon the Message of God’s Prophets:
- Jeremiah 23:25-32
Don’t miss v. 28 – “but let him who has My Word speak My Word in truth.” Pray for a Modern-day Reformation in the Church that it would return to and submit to the Sole Authority of God’s Word!!!
Thursday, October 21st
Meditate upon the Priority of the Word:
- Jeremiah 23:33-37
The Key Question is “What has the LORD spoken?” The E. Free Church always asked: “Where stands it written?” Begin to make God’s Word more priority in your own life as you read, study & treasure it!!!
Friday, October 22nd
Meditate upon the Famine of the Word:
- Amos 8:11-12
Notice the prophet Amos said, “Days are coming…” Do you think those days are here now- a “famine for hearing the words of the LORD?” What would God have you to do? Pray for His Wisdom & Discernment.
Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 23-24
Meditate upon the Problem of Itching Ears:
- 2 Timothy 4:1-4
The Best Antidote for error is a mature understanding of the Truth! Ask God to Guard your Heart against the desire to surround yourself with teachers who tell you only what you want to hear! Keep the Faith!!