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Tiny, short, 25 verses...what am I referring to? Jude, of course. Last Friday the P4 challenge was to read the entire book of Philippians in one sitting. I hope you were able to do that and that it was helpful. Well, this week we're covering the book of Jude--both on P4 and Back to the Bible. (Our radio series is "Jude's Guide to Religious Phoneys." So join Dr. Kroll and me if you get a chance.)

So to help us get the most out of Jude, would you read the whole book--all 25 verses--instead of just 1-4 today? Then, we'll spend the rest of the week breaking down and analyzing these verses.

So how was the overview of Jude? What was the main message you took away from it? Tami W.

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It is often difficult to hold both sides of the gospel in our minds at the same time. The good news of God's love and grace is only good news if humanity truly has a sin problem. As exciting as the good news of God's grace is, Jude reminds us that grace is not a blank check to sin, but a way of escape from God's judgment of sin. In verses 22 and 23, Jude writes that "you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives." Here Jude draws a vital distinction between the believer caught in sin ("whose faith is wavering") and the sin that contaminates the believer's life. We are to reflect both God's love of sinners and his hatred of sin; we love people but we reject sinful behavior.

The preservation and defence of the faith starts with the community devoted to Jesus.

Those whose lives are devoted to Jesus will face a wide variety of challenges to stay devoted. The community must intentionally prepare itself to engage the doubts within and the discordant voices without.

Jude starts by writing "to those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ" and ends by to saying "to Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy ..." (v 1, 24).

The need to be "kept" against the onslaught of outward influences that wish to infultrate the community and destroy it is profound. Ultimately the first place to start is with the minds and hearts of those within the community.

Jude says "be merciful to those who doubt" (vs 22). This is something a Christian community needs to be devoted to. Jude was all about right teaching but he was also all about right methods for engaging others with that teaching.

I think the verse that sums up Jude's heart and message is vs 20-21, "But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Spirit. Keep [there it is again!] yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life."

This is what will enable a Christian community to content properly for the faith and at the same time ensure that love is at the core of what we do.

I believe Jude is telling us to hold on to the true faith, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our Rock because there is no other God. We must bow only to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit - Three in One. Do not lose sight of who He is.

Tami, This was fun. Looking at the whole book to get the perspective.
First, thanks to everyone who wrote comments. I learned from each of them.
My take away was the following: I read it in the New Living Translation.
Vs. 5-7 is a historical reminder of God's holiness and justice.
Vs. 8 Even the angel Michael used Jesus name and authority to rebuke. We need to stay close to Jesus.
Vs. 16 These people that Jude is writing about are complainers and just want to fulfill their own desires.
Final thoughts from Jude are encourage each other and stay faithful.
It was also interesting to note that Jude makes mention of one Lord and Savior- Jesus Christ - twice. This was at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book. Sounds like people were trying to bring in their own idols and selfish desires.

It gives me a great fear for the lost. People are so easily decieved! But we should be careful to leave the judgement to God. I tend to speak out before I think. Jesus should always be at the reigns of my tongue to keep me in The Holy Faith. Seems easy to love God but we must love everyone as well. I appreciate prayers. Praise God who wrote the whole Bible!

to guard our faith against new age lies . there is a perverted gospel out there i call "the if it feels good do it jesus". this is something the church has struggled with forever . people creeping in and trying to change the message of repentance and faith . it's different to have a mess up and repent but if we live in sinfullness and think God loves us and thats that ... Matthew 7:21 ESV
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

I walked away with the message that God does not like it when people a) question His authority and b) coerce others to walk from Him. I referenced the OT examples of Balaam and Korath and they just proved how essential it is to not work against the King. God's ways are always best and when we saturate that in our heart and mind we will move aside and allow Him to be the Glory.

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