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In Light of Everything (3 of 3)
Series: The Book of Jude
Last week our message was entitled, ''Men Who Live at the Bottom,'' speaking of evil, debase men-men who, in (vs. 4), had ''turned the grace of God into lasciviousness.'' We had defined lasciviousness as ''filthiness, indecency,'' or ''unrestrained sexual passions.'' These were spiritual apostates-men who had an outward form of religion, but like the Pharisees, they were ''wolves in sheep's clothing.''
In (vs. 4), Jude said they had ''crept'' into the church. And in (vs. 12a), we find them even participating in their love feasts: He said, ''These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear.''
In I Cor. 11, you will remember that God had killed some of them for making a mockery of the Lord's Supper; they had no fear of or reverence for God.
The title of our message this evening is, ''In Light of Everything.'' In other words, in the light of everything we've just been told, in light of everything we've just heard, what are we to do? Three things:
I. Build Ourselves Up
II. Reach Out to Others
III. Place Our Faith In Christ
I. BUILD OURSELVES UP (VV. 20, 21)
A. By Faith: ''Building yourselves up on your most holy faith.'' Here we want to say two things:
1. Our ''holy faith'' is the faith of the gospel-our faith in Christ; it is what we believe. We believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; and we are trusting Him for the saving of our souls. When people ask, ''Of what faith are you?'' (meaning, of what denomination) we answer, ''I am of the saving faith. I have placed my faith in the finished work of Christ.''
2. Then, the second aspect of our faith is how we live because we are saved. When we build ourselves up on our ''holy faith,'' it means that ''come what may,'' regardless of the circumstances of life, nothing moves us or disturbs us because our life and our faith ar ...
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