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Survey of Jude. Contending for the Faith. I. General information. New Testament General Letters. James through Jude. Author. Jude as guided by the Holy Spirit. To Whom Written. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Survey of JudeContending for the FaithI. General informationNew Testament General LettersJames through JudeAuthorJude as guided by the Holy SpiritTo Whom WrittenTo all Christians --- we cannot be specific regarding for which area, or region, the letter was originally intended1:1 to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:Why it was writtenTo expose false teachers and to exhort the brethren to contend for the faith The message of the book is designed to encourage one to keep the Faith.Jude 3[3] Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.Outstanding features of the bookJude exhorts Christians to build up and strengthen their faith. This is done by:1. contending earnestly for the Faith2. Praying3. keeping in Gods love4. looking for Gods mercy5. winning souls for Christ6. remaining faithful to HimNOTE much of Jude is similar to 2 Pet. Brief outlineI. Introduction to the letter 1-3II. Warnings of false teachers 4-19III. Closing exhortations 20-25II. Overview of JudeI. Introduction to the letter 1:1-3A. Purpose of the letter verse 3B. Jude was planning to write of the common salvationC. A present crisis in the church led to a change of plansD. Exhort = to encourage; to spur on to actionE. Contend earnestly = is literally to wrestle, to defend in hand to hand combatF. the faith = the gospel; the sum of all that Christians believe & teach (Acts 6:7; Gal. 1:23; Eph. 4:5)G. Once delivered unto the saints = The Greek indicates once for all --- means that Gods final revelation has been given and we need not look for any otherII. Warnings of false teachers 1:4-19A. Jude was compelled to warn of false teachers1. crept in unawares = slyly2. Turned the grace of God into lasciviousness Rom. 6:1-23. They denied the Lord Jesus ChristB. Three examples from the O.T. illustrate the fate of false teachers1. Unfaithful Israel in the wilderness2. Angels who sinned3. Sodom and GomorrahC. The false teachers are arrogant, ignorant and corrupt (vs. 8-10)D. The false teachers love of money and power are like that of O.T. rebels1. Cain (Gen. 4)2. Balaam (Nun. 22,23)3. Korah (Num. 15)E. These teachers are worthless, promising much, but delivering nothing (vs. 12-13)

F. The Lord will come in Judgment (vs. 14-15)G. The false teachers further described (16-19)III. Closing exhortations 1:20-25A. The Christians were to:1. Build up themselves in the faith2. Pray in the Spirit3. Keep in the love of God4. Look for the coming of ChristB. The wicked were to be dealt with (vs. 22-23)1. Compassion, if they could be saved2. Fear, being careful lest those trying to save them were also defiledC. A statement of praise to Almighty God (Vs. 24-25)(Jude closes with one of the sweetest hopes in all Gods Word.)

ConclusionWe live in an age of toleration of every type of religion regardless of its natureChristians who oppose false teaching run the risk of being thought of as narrow-minded, and even un-Christian

The gospel will save but false teaching will condemn eternallyEvery Christian must prepare to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints