Keep yourselves in the mercy of God


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The Book of Jude warns the Church of the impending danger from within, the Liberalism

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Keep yourselves in the mercy of God

  1. 1. Keep yourselves … looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ Jude 1: 21
  2. 2. This is one of the promises given to the Church this year 2014
  3. 3. Jesus’ family hadn’t believed Jesus as the Messiah ref. Mark 3: 20-31 Jesus’ disciples hadn’t believed Jesus really • Peter - Mark 14: 66-72; • Thomas - John 20:24-25 • Judas Iscariot - Matthew 26:15
  4. 4. BUT Notice the dramatic changes 1. in the disciples. They went from a group of men frightened and in hiding to strong, courageous witnesses sharing the gospel throughout the world. 2. in the life of the apostle Paul. What changed him from being a persecutor of the church into an apostle for the church? 3. in his own family. Jude calling himself the bond servant of Jesus 4. In you and me & in every Christian
  6. 6. It’s through the RISEN LORD you & I will • • • • be raised to eternal life just as He was have the power to live victoriously over sin receive the resurrection body have ultimate victory over death (1 Corinthians 15: 20-58) This the blessed hope of a Christian
  7. 7. 1.God reaches down to man in Jesus because you can’t reach up to Him through your own efforts. 2.God proposes a relationship with him but not a system of do’s and don’ts to appease God 3.God offers the singular source of Truth in the Bible 4.God offers eternal life through the most amazing event in all of human history—the resurrection.
  8. 8. Now look at what Jude says here verse 21
  9. 9. But ye, beloved, 1building up yourselves on your most holy faith, 2praying in the Holy Ghost, 3Keep yourselves in the love of God, 4looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
  10. 10. But God had to deal with these people severely: Israel in the wilderness For disobedience & idolatry (Exodus 32) Even angels in heaven For disturbing God’s order of life People in Sodom & Gomorrah For sexual immorality & perversion (Genesis 19) Cain, Adam’s son For jealousy & anger (Genesis 4) Korah, Moses’ cousin For rebellion & ambition (Numbers 16) Balaam, the prophet For greed & love of money (Numbers 22)
  11. 11. If your creed (what you believe) is corrupted, your conduct will go haywire (they took the grace of God lightly) determines Creed determines Character Destiny (they became arrogant, rebellious, selfish, greed y and what-not) (God’s judgment was upon them)
  12. 12. What is your view of God? • Sentimental view or Scriptural View? God does not simply overlook our sin and say, ‘that’s OK’ He actually deals with it. How? Jesus fully took OUR sin on Himself and paid for our sin by His death on the cross. Our sin is serious and it cost Jesus incredible suffering.
  13. 13. So, ‘dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.’ Hebrews 10:26
  14. 14. However, ‘my dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have ONE who speaks to the Father in our defense– Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.’ 1John 2:1,2
  15. 15. Forgiveness. What’s it? Some people say you cannot sin anymore In fact you have to follow certain do’s and don’ts Legalism Some say that you can sin because there is forgiveness always. All that you need to say is ‘Sorry Lord’ Liberalism But the actual fact is You are FREE not to sin
  16. 16. What is your view of Jesus? • Syncretistic view or Scriptural View? Jesus claims, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6)and ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). It’s an exclusive claim not inclusive of other options
  17. 17. So your view of God i.e. determines Your Creed determines Your Character determines Your Conversation Your Destiny Grumbling & fault-finding Boasting & flattering Jude 1:16
  18. 18. 1 2 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
  19. 19. Be ready to rescue 3 1. Wavering brothers 2. Backslidden ones 3. Defiled brothers