Graphics of Jude



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 Purpose: To remind the church of the need for constant vigilance - to keep strong in the faith and to oppose heresy
 Author: Jude, brother of Jesus, and James
 Original audience: Jewish Christians 
 Date written: Approximately A.D. 65 
 Setting:  From the first century on, the church has been threatened by heresy and false teaching; we must always be on our guard. 
 Key verse: "Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once  for all time to his holy people" (1:3).
 Key people: Jude, James, Jesus 

Outline

Introduction (vv. 1, 2).
I.     The Purpose of the Epistle (vv. 3, 4).
II.     The Prophecies of the Doom of the Ungodly (vv. 5–19).
A.     Three Examples and Commentary (vv. 5–10).
B.     Three More Examples and Additional Commentary (vv. 11–13).
C.     Prophecy of Enoch and Commentary (vv. 14–16).
D.     Prophecy of the Apostles and Commentary (vv. 17–19).
III.     The Challenge to Believers (vv. 20–23).
Conclusion (vv.     24, 25).
New Geneva study Bible. 1997, c1995 (electronic ed.) (Jud 1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.







The Blueprint


 
 1. The danger of false teachers (1:1-16)

 2. The duty to fight for God's truth (1:17-25)

  Jude wrote to motivate Christians everywhere to action. He wanted them to recognize the dangers of false teaching, to protect themselves and other believers, and to win back those who had already been deceived. Jude was writing against godless teachers who were saying that Christians could do as they pleased without fear of God's punishment. While few teach this heresy openly in the church today, many in the church act as though this were true. This letter contains a warning against living a nominal Christians life.