by Dennis Miller

Have you ever just wanted to sit and have a pleasant conversation with someone, but you were so upset about something else that you couldn’t NOT talk about it instead?  Sometimes we can become so frustrated or burdened by something that it boils over into everything we say!  Well, that’s this weekend’s study of Jude.  

We move to the last of the “postcards” of the New Testament— Jude.  We will study this book for two weekends because it is a bit longer and a bit more in-depth.  It won’t take you long to see that Jude is “beside himself” over the false teachers and apostates within the church.  I like the passion and the righteous anger in this little letter, and it reminds me that we are often too soft on false teaching!  

Pastor Denny

Jude 1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,  To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:  2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.  3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.  5 Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.  8 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”  10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.

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