Patiently await the coming of the Lord!

I am getting ready to teach the final lesson on Jude. It has been an amazing and eye opening study. I have enjoyed the past 4 weeks and know that this week will also be a good one. I am praying for all of the students who took this class, that the Word would penetrate their hearts and motivate them to make disciples of the people whom God has placed in their lives.

Here are some of the previous lessons.

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An ungodly person does not submit to authority

Another Monday evening is upon us and I am getting ready to teach Jude. We have arrived at lesson 4, a crucial lesson in this study of the book of Jude. So far, we have seen Jude describe the way of life of the ungodly who have crept in to the church and are stirring up all kinds of problems. In direct contrast to the ungodly, Jude also describes the way of life of the godly, those who had answered God’s call and been transformed by God. In the last lesson, we learned more about what genuine faith looks like and what genuine salvation does to us. Here are some links to those previous lessons.

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Evidence of genuine salvation

I want to share with you what I taught last night during a Bible study on Jude. This short little letter has so many deep truths that are so relevant to the 21st Century man, even though it was written almost 2,000 years ago. I want to link to a couple of the previous lessons that we covered in our class so that you can review what was taught and be up to speed with this article.

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Contend earnestly for the faith (II)

I previously wrote an article on this same subject a couple of weeks ago as I was preparing to teach a seminar on how to study the Bible inductively. I am now teaching Jude, Precept Upon Precept. Last week we met and covered lesson 1, the overview. I am preparing to teach lesson 2 this coming Monday night. I would like to share some of the truths that I have discovered. I pray that they will be as encouraging to you as they are to me.

As we have seen from our previous study of Jude, there are two types of people described in this letter and they are both members of the church. I would like to examine the two different groups to see what we learn about contending earnestly for the faith. Continue reading

Contend earnestly for the faith

In the last article, I wrote about how to study the Scriptures in such a way that you understand the original intent of the author, who ultimately is God. I would like to apply these principles to Jude’s principles. This article will be more like a study than an actual article but I hope that it will be helpful in future studies. Continue reading

The difference between the believers and nonbelievers in the church

So, what did you think about the title? I intentionally worded the title the way that I did because this is what Paul is trying to point out to Timothy. Just being in a church does not make you a follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, a great portion of chapter 3 is dedicated to the people who are in the church but do not know God.

Now, before we jump in to the meat of this passage, I want to review what we have already discovered from II Timothy 2.

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