Antidote To Apostasy

TEXT:† Jude 17-23

INTRODUCTION:

A.† CONTEXT.

††††††††††† 1.† Contend for the faith (vs. 3).† Why?

††††††††††† 2.† Same beginning as 2 Pet. 2. (vs. 4;† 2 Pet. 2:1-3).

††††††††††† 3.† Description of false teachers using figures of speech (vs. 5-16)

B.† THE ANTIDOTE TO THE LEADING OF APOSTATES (vs. 17-23).† WHAT DO WE DO?

I.† vs. 17-18.† REMEMBER THE WARNINGS.

A.† PETER (2 Pet. 2:1-3).

B.† PAUL (Acts 20:29-30;† 2 Tim. 3:1, 5-9, 14;† 4:2-4;† Gal. 1:6-9).

C.† JOHN (1 John 4:1;† 2 John 9).

II.† vs. 19.† MAKING SEPARATIONS.

A.† WHO GETS BLAMED FOR TROUBLE?† WHO SPLITS CHURCHES?

††††††††††† (1 Kings 18:16-18;† 22:7-8;† Gal. 4:16).

B.† WHO DOES GOD BLAME? (1 Cor. 4:16-17;† Rom. 16:17-18).

III.† vs. 19.† SENSUAL, HAVING NOT THE SPIRIT.

A.† WE ACT FROM A COMMON PERSPECTIVE (1 Cor. 1:10).

††††††††††† 1.† Christians are involved in a cause (Phil. 1:27).

††††††††††† 2.† Heaven is our preoccupation (Col.† 3:1-2).

B.† OUR PERSPECTIVE HAS AN EFFECT ON OUR ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR

††††††††††† (1 Cor. 2:14-16; †Gal. 5:16).

C.† AND AN EFFECT ON OUR DESTINY (Rom. 8:1).

IV.† vs. 20.† BUILD YOURSELF UP IN THE HOLY FAITH.

A.† PROTECTION FROM THE FIERY DARTS OF SATAN (Eph. 6:16).

B.† AND ERROR (Eph. 4:12-14)

C.† SEE WHAT ACCOMPANIES PAULíS WARNING (Acts 20:29-30, 32).

D.† WHERE DOES FAITH COME FROM? (Rom. 10:17).

V.† vs. 20.† PRAY.

A.† FOR WISDOM (James 1:5).

B.† FOR STRENGTH AND BOLDNESS (Eph. 6:18-19).

C.† FOR OPPORTUNITY (Col. 4:2-6).

D.† IN THE SPIRIT (1 John 5:14).

VI.† vs. 21.† KEEP YOURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD.† HOW?

††††††††††† (1 John 5:3;† 2:4-5;† John 14:21,† 23-24, 15).

VII.† vs. 21. LOOKING FOR THE MERCY.

A.† HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION (1 Pet. 1:3).

B.† THE HOPE OF FORGIVENESS (Heb. 8:12;† Luke 18:13).

VIII.† vs. 22-23.† SHOWING MERCY.

A.† vs. 22.† ON THOSE WHO WOULD DISPUTE WITH YOU.

††††††††††† 1.† Teaching and preaching to impart Godís true will (2 Tim. 4:2).

††††††††††† 2.† In season and out (Phil. 3:1;† Acts 20:26-27).

††††††††††† 3.† Our object (2 Tim. 2:23-26).

B.† vs. 23.† SOME SAVE, SNATCHING THEM OUT OF THE FIRE.

††††††††††† THOSE WHO STUMBLE (Gal. 6:1-2)..

C.† vs. 23.† HAVE MERCY WITH FEAR.†

††††††††††† THOSE WHO FALL (2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15; †Heb. 12:11).

D.† LOVE THE SINNER Á Ť HATE THE SIN.

CONCLUSION:

A.† WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT ERROR?

††††††††††† 1.† Ignore it?

††††††††††† 2.† Tolerate it?

††††††††††† 3.† Embrace it?

C.† JUDE GIVES US CLEAR INSTRUCTION.