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Jude—Small Book, Big Message

Jude—Small Book, Big Message

Several years ago, I attended a young adults ministry at a local church that spent an entire month teaching through the short books of the Bible. The books of 2 and 3 John, Philemon, and Jude were all on the list, and I believe this just might have been the beginning of my love for in-depth Bible study. I was absolutely blown away by how much insight and wisdom could be extracted from just a few verses of Scripture if one would take the time to dig a bit below the surface.

Say hello to our study of the book of Jude! We will spend the rest of this month exploring the wisdom, instruction, and even warnings that this small book of the Bible has to offer us. To those who are thrilled, just know that I’m right there with you. To those who might be a bit skeptical of this type of in-depth approach to such a short book, allow me to submit this to you:

The Bible is never lacking in thrill. We as its students are often lacking in discipline when we approach it.

Let’s take this opportunity to strengthen our spiritual muscles a bit as we dive into Jude. Let’s prepare ourselves to learn a thing or two. Let’s be equally humble and eager in our approach. Are you ready?

The book of Jude was written by who scholars believe to be the youngest half-brother of Jesus Christ (Jude) around the year AD 80, just a few years after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Persecution of Christians was at an all-time high. There was a great cost associated with following Jesus. Jude was writing to a group of Jewish believers who were at risk of being deceived and led astray by false teachers. These false teachers had crept in among them and were twisting and perverting the truth.

How timely and completely relevant the message of Jude already proves to be for us today. In the upcoming weeks, we’re going to unpack some of the major themes of Jude, but for today, let’s just focus in on this one thing: the weight of influence. Influence is an incredible thing. We all carry it in some measure, and we are all influenced by others to a certain degree. Jude’s audience was no different. They were Christ followers, but they were at risk of being influenced by deception.

False teaching doesn’t always look “false.” It often comes in pretty little packages. It usually sounds good and goes down fairly easy. That is the deceptive nature of it. It masquerades as light. It counterfeits the truth. This is why it is so important to know the Word of God, the ultimate standard of truth. God’s Word should be what shapes and forms our beliefs. If we do not know why we believe what we believe, we can and will be easily influenced by waves of teaching that may or may not be rooted in biblical truth. The less rooted we are in the Word, the more easily moved or influenced we can be by our surroundings. The deeper our roots go, the more difficult it will be for surrounding elements to move us.

Now would be a good time to do a little personal inventory. Ask yourself why you believe what you believe…about God, about yourself, about the Church, about sin, about Heaven and Hell, about salvation…Do you believe what you believe because that is what the Bible teaches? Or do you believe what you believe because of something or someone else? Who or what is your highest standard of truth? Who or what informs your faith?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to unpack the rest of this small book. I hope this first week of study whet your appetite for more. See you next week.


11 Comments

Donna Johnson

Excellent thoughts! Thanks for sharing! Digging in!

January 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

Cherie Wagner

Thanks for reading! Hope this study of Jude blesses you!

January 10, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Tracy

Always challenging me to think deeper. Thanks Cherie! When you said Jesus’ half brother, I had to think about that for a minute and now I get it. Lol 😉

January 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Cherie Wagner

Haha! I love this! So glad you’re joining me in this study of Jude!

January 10, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Debra Bradshaw

Excited to dive in!

January 9, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Cherie Wagner

So glad you’re doing this study with me!

January 10, 2019 at 5:56 pm

Barb Thorpe

Thank you Cherie! My women’s group studied Jude last year and are in 1John right now. I love the “little” books—so much to learn from them. There are still Gnostics trying to infiltrate the Christian body…the only way to protect ourselves is by knowing God’s Word and being willing to research when something doesn’t sound quite right! I’ll be participating from afar so love these blogs!

January 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Cherie Wagner

Amen—knowing the Word of God is so key! Thanks for reading and joining me in this study, Barb!

January 10, 2019 at 5:58 pm

Denise Hulcher

Excited to jump in this study with you!

January 11, 2019 at 8:54 am

Michelle Trojan

Great thoughts! I’m excited to read more! And kudos to you for being able to put these thoughts together with a little one running around…I answered to “mom” about 10 times reading this, and my brain feels fried just trying to comprehend. lol 😀

January 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Cherie Wagner

This is the best! That mom life isn’t for the faint of heart, am I right? Thanks for reading, Michelle! I’m so excited for these “small books!”

January 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm

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