September 17, 2023

Remembering what you once knew

Bible Text: Jude 1:5-7 |

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I was born and raised until age 13 in Québec. I’m an anglophone but entered the first iteration of French Immersion when I started grade 4. When we moved to Ontario, I carried on with the program through to the end of high school with a third of my secondary credits being classes in French. I was fluent in the language and given a Certificate of Bilingualism when I graduated. But living in English Canada for all these years, I have had few opportunities to speak French, and my language skills are, at best, rough. When I get the opportunity to spend time in a francophone context, the words and phrases begin to come back pretty quickly. I remember what I once knew. It is a fact that unless we continue to rehearse and use what we know, it slips into some deep recess of our brain and is all but unretrievable without some effort to remember what we once knew well.

That is Jude’s point in addressing the significant challenges that his readers were facing with respect to false teachers. He wrote, “I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it…” and goes on to begin a recounting of basic gospel principles. And that’s what we’ll look at in Jude 1:5-7 this Sunday. Contending for the faith starts with reminding myself constantly of the gospel. In the language of our series, if we are to deconstruct and then properly reconstruct our faith, it must be on the basis of these gospel principles. Otherwise, the false teachers have their way with us and the building of our life and faith crumbles.

Series: Deconstructed-Reconstructed (Jude)
Todd Dugard
Message: 2 – Remembering what you once knew
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Jude 1:5-7
September 17, 2023

In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept a set of beliefs and know it, and those who accept a set of beliefs and don't know it.—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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