Doing Church: Jude

This Sunday at Church, David taught the last book of our series, ‘The One Chapter Wonders.’ The book of Jude is not one of those books that are read as much as other books of the NT. One does not find many people eager to memorize the verses contained in this small 24 verse book yet, as we have seen with the other ‘One Chapter Wonders,’ the book of Jude is an amazing book with both warnings and hope for now and for the future.

We believe the book of Jude was written by the half brother of Jesus. Not knowing the whole context of why the letter was written, Jude starts off very pleasant and positive, the majority of the text is not so welcoming. Making references to Sodom and Gomorrah and the fallen Angels, Jude calls the church to strive in their salvation; to make their salvation in Christ strong and secure. The foundation of the message is found in the last four verses:

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

I believe this is where the focus of the message of Jude needs to be for the church today. Though not a popular book in its own regard, the book of Jude gives us some incredible things to consider. We can ask some serious questions about Jude’s writing in which we need to seek God’s guidance in understanding. Questions like, “How do we pray in the Holy Spirit? Does that require us to speak in tongues? How does one keep them in the love of God? Can one fall out of love with God? What really is mercy and how do we effectively show it to those who do not know Christ?” There are others we could ask. The book of Jude assumes we understand the message he is trying to convey to his audience (i.e. you and I). Yet, we are without understanding. We must take Jude’s message to heart and strive to maintain our relationship with Christ in order to effectively follow the commands left to us in the Scriptures from those who were led by the Spirit to write the Words we hold before us.

My challenge is to read the book of Jude, especially these four verses at lest five times. Take a piece of paper and write down questions about what you have read (questions like the ones I have provided in this post) and seek the Scriptures to see how Christ and others have demonstrated these commands throughout the metanarrative of the Word of God. I hope that, though this was not a ‘formal teaching’ of the book of Jude, it has enticed your mind to explore the fullness of this message. God bless.

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