Jude: Rejection of Authority and Its Results (week 2)
Romans 1:18-25 (NIV)
The historical Christian faith is under attack, and it is up to the church to stand up and contend for the faith.
Jude 1:3-4 (NLT)
The book of Jude is so perfectly placed in the collection of books in the new testament because it comes after John’s Epistles.
The warnings of John:
After these warnings, Jude writes to tell us that those false prophets are “worming” their way into the churches.
Jude tells us that. Jude 1:5-7 (NLT)
These passages help us see what God thinks about false teachers and immoral people.
Jude 1:8 (NLT) – In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.
4 warnings we take away from the book of Jude:
Warning #1 (Don’t determine your own authority)
Jude 1:10 (NLT)
Deuteronomy 13:1-4 (NLT)
Warning #2 (Don’t Live or Condone Immoral Behavior)
What are some of the immorality that sneaks in and creates a license for immorality?
1 Thess. 5:22 (KJV) – Abstain from all appearance of evil.
The characteristics of an immoral life. Romans 1:28-32 (NLT)
Warning #3 (Don’t reject the authority)
Romans 13:1-2 (NIV) – Governing Authorities
1 Peter 2:13-14 (NIV) – Human Institutions
Warning #4 – Don’t Downplay the Spiritual
There is a real spiritual world and it is not to be messed with…
Jude 1:16-19 (NLT) – A Call to Persevere
For Small Group Discussion: What stood out to you most from last week’s message?
Opening Question: What fad of the past did you jump onboard with that you regret now?
Main Point: Jude gives Old Testament examples of false teachers that led to rebellion, rejection of authority, and unbelief. We are encouraged to contend for the faith by looking to God’s authority in all things.
Read/Tell the Story: Jude 5-16
Supporting Scripture: Ephesians 4:17-32, Matthew 7:15-20, Romans 8:1-11 Tips and Resources: Jim’s podcast on false teachers