Summary: Introduction to the book of Jude. Jude verses 1-2 - What Is a Christian? – sermon by Gordon Curley. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
(1). Why Study Jude?
(2). Who Was Jude?
(3). Who Did Jude Write To?
(4). What is Jude About?
(5). What is a Christian?
• A small boy was asked by his teacher to define the word appetite.
• He speedily and enthusiastically replied:
"When you're eating, you're 'appy; and when you get through, you're tight—that's appetite!"
• The French have a proverb, which states,
• “A good meal ought to begin with hunger.”
• It is harder to enjoy a meal when you are not yet hungry.
• But, when you are hungry, anything tastes good!
• I hope when it comes to our brand-new series of studies in the book of Jude,
• We have an appetite, a good appetite;
• When you are spiritually hungry, this book tastes good!
• Remember: "When you're eating, you're 'appy; - Happy to hear God speaking!
• And when you get through, you're tight” – full of truth!
(1). Why Study Jude?
• At a guess, I would say that the letter of Jude;
• Is one of the least popular books in the New Testament!
• And it is certainly one that preachers avoid speaking on.
• Question: When did you last hear a sermon on the book of Jude?
• Answer: Like me you probably can’t remember!
• Quote: Jude has been called 'the most neglected book in the New Testament'.
• There are several reasons for this:
(a). IT'S SMALL
• Along with Philemon and 2 and 3 John,
• It is one of the smallest books in the New Testament.
• These New Testament postcards often get overlooked;
• Either they are too hard to find in your New Testament,
• Or maybe they are just hidden away next to a bigger book;
• In the case of Jude, the colossal book of Revelation.
• Or maybe in this case; “maybe size does matter!”
• Jude is only 25 verses long;
• And can be easily read out loud in about 4 minutes!
• But although Jude maybe small, don’t under-estimate Jude,
• He has a lot to say and his words are powerful!
• A tiny dose of penicillin can heal a person of a deadly disease.
• A micro-chip can hold vast amounts of information.
• A mosquito can cause you an awful lot of discomfort!
• Jude may be small, but he has a lot to say and his words are powerful!
(b). IT'S STRANGE
• As you read it you encounter puzzling references;
• e.g. The Archangel Michael arguing with Satan over Moses' body.
• What does that refer to?
• There is certainly no mention of that happening in the Old Testament account.
• e.g. There are references to 'the sons of Korah'
• (they sound like new boy band who have just appeared on The X Factor!).
• e.g. There are references to locked in a dungeon;
• Once again to the casual reader they seem similarly obscure references;
• So, as you read it you encounter puzzling allusions;
• If you do not want to strain your brain too much;
• It is easier just to ignore this little book!
(c). IT'S SUSPECT
• Jude makes nine references or rather allusions to the Old Testament;
• No problem with that until you try to find them in your Bible!
• He does not make any direct quotes, just allusions.
• We have no problem with that, many preachers do it,
• I may use the allusion that David killed Goliath the giant of a man,
• And go on to say that we all face giants in life, the giant of despair or doubt.
• I have alluded to a story but not any direct quote.
But Jude goes one step beyond!
• Jude quotes from what we call the Apocrypha.
• And some Christians take exception to this!
• Question: What is the Apocrypha?
• The Apocrypha is the name given to some extra Jewish books.
• That are added to the Catholic Bible.
The name ‘Apocrypha’ simply means ‘Hidden books’.
• Between our Old and New Testaments.
• That is the end of the OT book called Malachi;
• And the beginning of the NT book called Matthew.
• There was a 400-year period of silence. Of heavenly dumbness.
• When God never spoke through his prophets.
• There was no; “Thus sayeth the Lord” or “The Word of the Lord came to me”
• So, in the Bible you hold in your hand;
• There are 66 books, 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT.
• But if you were in a Roman Catholic Church this morning
• You might find that your Bible contains 73 books.