Introduction:

Author:

The writer of the book is Jude. He identifies himself as "the brother of James" (v. 1). James was the head of the Jerusalem church and half-brother of the Lord Jesus (Galatians 1:19). This makes Jude the half-brother of Jesus as well.

The Recipients:

The book is not addressed to any single or group of churches. It is believed, however, that the readers were predominantly Jewish Christians because of the various illustrations from the Old Testament.

The Purpose:

Jude had originally planned on writing an uplifting letter about God's "common salvation" (v. 3). But the Holy Spirit let him instead to write a militant letter urging Christians to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."

This was necessary because of the false teachers who had invaded the churches.

The Relevance of this letter for the church today:

Churches today have for the most part forsaken the teaching of God's Word. They have adapted the ways and wisdom of the world. They have so watered down the message of the gospel and the teaching of God's Word in order to gain a following.

This book is a polemic against such practices and a call to God's people to stand up and be counted.

The Challenge to the listener of these messages:

Listen carefully to this series and be sure to have your Bible, heart, and mind opened to what God has to say. Judge what you hear by God's book--not the world's philosophy of toleration for all teachings.

 

 

 

KJV and TR Greek Text on Pulpit

Jude:

Jude 1,2 "Jude, the Servant"

Jude 1-3 "The Wild Man"

Jude 3-4 "The Faith Once for all Delivered"

Jude 5-7 "The Historical Destruction of Apostates"

Jude 8-11 "Apostates--How Dare They!"

Jude 12-13 "Apostates: What They Are Really Like"

Jude 14-15 "Enoch's Prophecy"

Jude 16-21 "The Believer's Response to Apostasy"

Jude 22-23 "Saving the Sinner--Shunning the Sin"

Jude 24, 25 "the Great Doxology"