October 1, 2023

Building yourself up in the faith

Bible Text: Jude 1:17-23 |

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Seriously. People think churches should be perfect, never experience conflict, and never split. So naïve. I’ll admit that reaching for that ideal is a good thing, but the reality of attempting to do what we’re doing in building the church requires a more realistic view of things. Bottom line: Satan doesn’t want the church to thrive, and he has many human agents who do his bidding in local churches just like ours. And that’s why Jude wrote his letter. In the passage in front of us on Sunday (Jude 1:17-23), he makes the point that it is a given that there will be ungodly people in the church and that they will cause division, and so the faithful Jesus-loving, gospel-centred members must fight it. They’ll do that by building up their faith through praying in the Spirit, keeping everyone reminded of God’s love, by waiting expectantly for the day Jesus will break through the clouds and end all the nonsense. In the meantime, to keep our focus on what’s important, we should be showing compassion to those struggling in their faith.

Series: Deconstructed-Reconstructed (Jude)
Todd Dugard
Message: 4 – Building yourself up in the faith
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Jude 1:17-23
October 1, 2023

Ungodly people in the church will cause division. (v. 17-19)

Matthew 7:15
Acts 20:29-30
1 Timothy 4:1-2
Proverbs 6:16-19
Ephesians 4:3
Titus 3:10-11

So, fight it. Build up your faith by… (v. 20a)

…praying in the Spirit (v. 20b)

…keeping everyone in God’s love (v. 21a)

1 John 4:9-10

…waiting for the day (v. 21b)

Revelation 21:4

…and showing compassion to those struggling (v. 22-23)

RESOURCES

A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie
https://a.co/d/fxj2qKQ

The Valley of Vision A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
https://a.co/d/0NuDwOI

The Prisoner in the Third Cell
https://a.co/d/3rrTEfY

Doctrine and Obedience Are Friends

The Most Dangerous Form of Deconstruction
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2022/february-web-only/russell-moore-deconstruction-faith-church-dangerous-form.html

Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity by Alisa Childers and Lee Strobel
https://a.co/d/fXuuEaT

The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back? by Michael Graham
https://a.co/d/etjiIIq

I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith
https://a.co/d/7lFqs2H

Before You Lose Your Faith: Deconstructing Doubt in the Church
https://a.co/d/6r7v4lg

Alisa Childers podcasts

Cross Examined podcasts
https://crossexamined.org/podcasts/

Red Pen Logic
https://www.youtube.com/c/RedPenLogic
https://www.facebook.com/redpenlogic
https://www.instagram.com/redpenlogic/