To be fair, this message isn’t only about loud-mouthed boasters. It is also about blasphemers, rebels, the presumptuous, empty-shirts, grumblers, malcontents and all those who are only in it for what they can get out of it. Should be a fun Sunday together. The passage is Jude 1:8-16 and it is a doozy. The outline is five “Don’t…” imperatives. And the point of the whole thing is to not be like “certain people” who resist God in a myriad of ways. Jude (and the Holy Spirit) thought it to be something we needed to read all these years later. These people present an existential threat to the local church, and so we’ll dive into it together on Sunday.
In case you missed it, we are compiling a resource list for this series, Deconstructed-Reconstructed, as we examine this important topic. You can find the list in the sermon notes each week and on social media.
Series: Deconstructed-Reconstructed (Jude)
Message: 3 – Loud-mouthed boasters
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Jude 1:8-16
September 24, 2023
Don’t be like “certain people” who resist God.
Don’t presume upon him (v. 8-9)
Don’t distort his word (v. 10-11)
1 Corinthians 2:14
A Christian who remains stuck with an elementary understanding of doctrine is a Christian who is in danger of abandoning Christ.
Life itself has a way of forcing us to deal with theology—that is, what we believe—sooner or later. The difficult experiences of life raise important questions about God and what he is up to. We especially must be focused in the deeper matters of the faith if we are to withstand the fire of persecution. Those who are shallow theologically manifest that superficiality in the face of strong challenges that oppose continued commitment to Christ.
Don’t chase after the wind (v. 12-13)
Don’t rebel against him (v. 14-15)
Don’t pursue self-interest (v. 16)
The Prisoner in the Third Cell by Gene Edwards
Doctrine and Obedience Are Friends
The Most Dangerous Form of Deconstruction
Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity by Alisa Childers and Lee Strobel
The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back? by Michael Graham
I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith
Before You Lose Your Faith: Deconstructing Doubt in the Church
Alisa Childers podcasts
Cross Examined podcasts
Red Pen Logic