Morning Bible Study
Announce: Spanish Church
Plant – the Spanish fellowship growth has made us aware that we need to move
towards setting them up as a separate church, the initial impact will be
starting their own Children’s Ministry. We’ve already launched a Spanish
Children’s Ministry on Thursday nights, soon on Sundays as well. College Group
Leader – John Knowles, College group is restarting on Sunday after Easter,
April 6, 1pm.
We have begun
working our way through this little letter written by one of Jesus’
had the same mother (Mary) but different fathers (Jesus was God’s Son, Jude was
Jude is apparently
the youngest of Mary’s five sons.
last week that Jude’s main
theme is his concern for the false teachers that were beginning to crop up in
the church. We read in verse 3
(Jud 3 NKJV) Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our
common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith
which was once for all delivered to the saints.
Today we will look a little further into the dangers of false teachers.
:12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without
fear, serving only themselves.
:12 love feasts
– agape – brotherly love, affection,
When the word is used in the plural, it is used to describe the potluck dinners that
the early church would hold each time they gathered to take communion.
church had a nickname, “Calorie Chapel”.
These false teachers would show up at the potlucks…
And they continued
steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread,
and in prayers.
17For first of all,
when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you,
and in part I believe it. 19For there must also
be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
20Therefore when you
come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21For I received from
the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same
night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24But let a man examine
himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For this reason many are
weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31But if anyone is
hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest
I will set in order when I come.
– spilas – a rock in the sea, ledge,
The translation “spots” is an unfortunate one.
This is talking
about people who can “sink ships”
(Jud 12 NLT) — they are like dangerous reefs that can
In 2012, the
captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship made a poor choice.
The rocks that
tore open the hull were just under the surface. It was enough to sink a HUGE ship.
Bad religion can sink you. It can
sink a church.
:12 serving only
– poimaino (shepherd) – to feed, to
tend a flock
While these false teachers ought to have been “shepherding” or “tending”
the church by helping the church, they are only out to have their own needs
God spoke to Ezekiel:
(Eze 34:2–4 NKJV) —2 “Son of
man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus
says the Lord God to the
shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the
shepherds feed the flocks? 3 You eat the fat
and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you
do not feed the flock. 4 The weak you have
not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the
broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but
with force and cruelty you have ruled them.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life
for the sheep. 12
For those of you who are in leadership roles in the church –
It’s not that you don’t ever get any kind of benefit from leading.
But the benefit you should always seek is for those you are leading.
The flock always comes first.
:12 They are
clouds without water, carried about by the winds;
:12 clouds without
When you live in a desert climate like Israel, you look forward to the time when the rain
But not every cloud brings rain.
Some clouds look good, but in the end they just pass by without any rain.
The false teachers will talk a good talk, but in the end, your thirst isn’t
:12 late autumn
trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
:12 late autumn
trees … twice dead
Twice dead because in autumn a tree looks dead because it has lost its leaves, but
these “trees” have also been pulled out by the roots, making them “doubly-dead”
There are trees that aren’t going to come back to life in the spring.
These are trees that will never, ever bear fruit.
The false teachers will bear as much good fruit at these kinds of trees –
none. Jesus said,
(Mt 7:16–17 NKJV) —16
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from
thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad
In contrast, when
a man is connected to the Word of God:
(Ps 1:3 NKJV) He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings
forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever
he does shall prosper.
:13 raging waves
of the sea, foaming up their own shame;
:13 raging waves of
the sea, foaming
seems to be about making a lot of noise.
writes, “They just stand in the pulpit and rant.”
Jude will say
in vs. 16 – they mouth great swelling words
Like the ocean, they make a lot of noise, but what do they produce?
(Is 57:20 NKJV) But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot
rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
:13 wandering stars
for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
:13 wandering stars
Stars are stationary in the sky.
of years, ancient people would navigate at night by the stars.
You can plot your path based on the stars.
Unless you pick
a star that isn’t so stationary, a “wandering” star, like a meteor.
There is one “wandering star” in particular we need to be careful about:
(Is 14:12 NKJV) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How
you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
A leader at
church ought to be a fixed point.
A leader is a
person you can count on, they are faithful.
A person who won’t lead you away from the path of God.
They ought to
be a person who has built their ministry on an immovable, fixed point, the Word
If you build your ministry upon what “feels good” at the moment, or “what’s
popular” at the moment, you’re heading into dangerous territory.
Those who lead people astray have a place reserved for them in hell.
:12 spots in your
Dangers at church
We try very hard to make sure that our church is a “safe place”.
But sometimes there can be dangerous people, even at church.
They are like a reef
just under the surface of the water, something that’s able to sink a ship.
You and I are
responsible to “test” what happens in a church.
(1 Jn 4:1 NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether
they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
There is a
(Ga 1:6–9 NKJV) —6 I marvel
that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of
Christ, to a different
gospel, 7 which is not another;
but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached
to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said
before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than
what you have received, let him be accursed.
It does matter “what” you believe.
Paul rebuked the Corinthian church for being “too open” to the wrong
(2 Co 11:4 NKJV) For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if
you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different
gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!
is “another Jesus”
We ought to learn from the Bereans. When Paul first came to their town and
preached the gospel, they put his words to the test.
(Ac 17:11 NKJV) These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out
whether these things were so.
You have the best tool in the world to see if a person is
telling you the truth. Compare what is said with what the Bible says.
:12 serving only
The problem with the false teachers is that they were self-centered.
Jesus made it simple for us:
(Lk 9:23 NKJV) Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after
Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Do you want to guard yourself from being like these false teachers?
You need to deny yourself.
You need to face the difficulties in your life (your cross)
You need to follow Jesus.
Do you ever get impatient with the people around you? Perhaps it’s because your focus in life is
all on you instead of on others.
Play Get Service clip. We need to be other centered.
:14 Now Enoch,
the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the
Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,
:15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them
of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of
all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
:14 the Lord comes
with ten thousands of His saints
When the Lord comes back, He will be coming with His armies. John records
that when Jesus returns on His white horse …
(Re 19:14 NKJV) And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,
followed Him on white horses.
:15 to execute
judgment on all
When Jesus returns, He will judging among other things the false teachers.
He will deal with “ungodliness”. Forms
of the word are used four times in this verse.
– asebes – destitute of reverential
awe towards God, condemning God, impious
He will be
bringing judgment on those who DO ungodly things.
He will be
bringing judgment on those who SAY ungodly things.
:16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts;
and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain
– goggustes – a murmurer, one who
This is the word that describes much of what the Israelites did when they
wandered in the wilderness in the days of Moses.
nor complain, as some
of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
– mempsimoiros – complaining of one’s
The word contains the idea of “finding blame” (memphomai)
with your “lot” in
:16 walking according to their own lusts
These fellows do whatever they feel like at the moment.
:16 they mouth
great swelling words
“A Traveling Evangelist”
A traveling evangelist
always put on a grand finale at his revival meetings. When he was to preach at
a church, he would secretly hire a small boy to sit in the ceiling rafters with a dove in a cage.
Toward the end of his sermon, the preacher would shout for the Holy Spirit to
come down, and the boy in the rafters would dutifully release the dove. At one revival meeting,
however, nothing happened when the preacher called for the Holy Spirit to
descend. He again raised his arms and exclaimed: “Come down, Holy Spirit!”
Still no sign of the dove. The preacher then heard the anxious voice of the
small boy call down from the rafters: “Sir, a yellow cat just ate the Holy
Spirit. Shall I
throw down the yellow cat?”
Sometimes I think we need to be careful to pick apart the emotion of the
speaker from the content of what he’s actually saying.
It’s not wrong for a preacher to be passionate.
There just ought to be some sort of actual content to what he’s passionate
– two words used here:
to marvel at
– thaumazo – to wonder at, marvel
face – prosopon – the face
Back in the
Eighties, Billy Crystal used to have a character he played on Saturday Night
Live named Fernando, the ultimate flatterer…
people to gain advantage
The reason for the flattery is to take advantage of you.
(Pr 29:5 NKJV) A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
:17 But you, beloved,
remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus
:18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who
would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
1that you may be
mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the
commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3
I know that for some of us, “word problems” in school were always the worst
kinds on tests. Like how about these:
A man builds a house with four sides to it and it is rectangular in shape.
Each side has a southern exposure. A big bear comes wandering by. What color is
The North Pole is the only place where you can have four
sides of a house that all face south.
The bear has to be white – a polar bear.
Don’t you hate word problems?
Actually, we’re talking about a different set of “word problems”
One of the issues with these false teachers is their use of words.
They grumble – complain
– flatter – mock
I have to confess that I do one or two of them quite
Some of us need a Trunk Monkey to hit US over the head.
We need to watch
what comes out of our mouths.
(Php 2:14–15 NLT) —14
Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no
one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining
like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
:19 These are
sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
:19 sensual persons
– psuchikos – of or belonging to
From psuche, which means “breath” or “soul”. It might be better to say they
are “soul” persons.
What controls me?
Humans are three
part beings – body, soul, spirit
Before becoming a believer, people operate either with their “body” as a
priority, or their “soul” as a priority.
When the body
is a priority – we are concerned about physical things like eating, appearance,
health, and sex
When the soul
is a priority – we are concerned about mental things like our emotions, how we
“feel”, or even good sounding things like cultivating our mind
A person who is not born again is “dead” spiritually.
When a person
becomes “born again”, their “spirit” is no longer dead, but now has the life of
But to be honest, a person can be “born again” and the things of the spirit
may not be a priority.
This is what we call a “carnal” or “fleshly” Christian.
When we learn to allow our lives to be “filled” with the Spirit, then the
things of the Spirit become our first priority.
are concerned about the things of God – things like prayer and God’s
Word. We are concerned about what God wants for our lives. We are concerned
about the people that God is concerned for.
How can I be “filled” with the Holy Spirit?
You just need to ask.
(Lk 11:11–13 NKJV) —11 If a son
asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he
asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for
an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
those who ask Him!”