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Courage: Standing for Truth in an Age of Lies (The Book of Jude)

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Courage: Standing for Truth in an Age of Lies (The Book of Jude)

The book of Jude has been called, “the dark corner of the New Testament.” It’s not a popular letter, nor is it politically correct. Few pastors ever preach it, and it likely doesn’t contain anybody’s favorite verses. Instead, it’s blunt, hard-hitting, and urgent. False teachers were distorting Christian doctrine in Jude’s day. They were “godless men, who change the grace of God into a license for immorality,” he says (v. 4). They were saying something like this: “Grace is so amazing, now that you belong to Jesus, you can live any way you want.” To them, salvation was a coupon by which you could sin at a reduced rate of consequences. Jude strongly disagrees. He counters such a distortion by urging the faithful to “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (v. 3). He says, in effect, “Jesus was the friend of sinners, but he wasn’t the friend of sin.” The same error is rampant today. But how does a church get to the place of missing its central, God-given mission to preach the full gospel? The answer, in part, is courage. In this series, Pastor Tim looks at the book of Jude, how it parallels our situation today, and how believers in the 21st century can find courage to stand firm on “the whole counsel of God,” even when it’s not popular. (Twitter Hashtag: #FBCourage)

The book of Jude has been called, “the dark corner of the New Testament.” It’s not a popular letter, nor is it politically correct. Few pastors ever preach it, and it likely doesn’t contain anybody’s favorite verses. Instead, it’s blunt, hard-hitting, and urgent. False teachers were distorting Christian doctrine in Jude’s day. They were “godless men, who change the grace of God into a license for immorality,” he says (v. 4). They were saying something like this: “Grace is so amazing, now that you belong to Jesus, you can live any way you want.” To them, salvation was a coupon by which you could sin at a reduced rate of consequences. Jude strongly disagrees. He counters such a distortion by urging the faithful to “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (v. 3). He says, in effect, “Jesus was the friend of sinners, but he wasn’t the friend of sin.” The same error is rampant today. But how does a church get to the place of missing its central, God-given mission to preach the full gospel? The answer, in part, is courage. In this series, Pastor Tim looks at the book of Jude, how it parallels our situation today, and how believers in the 21st century can find courage to stand firm on “the whole counsel of God,” even when it’s not popular.

Twitter Hashtag: #FBCourage