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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sermon Notes from Jude 14-16, "Apostates: Who Are They?" by Tray Earnhart

[The following notes were taken at the 10:45AM service this morning at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. The is available to hear on-line HERE.]

Intro. We cannot allow the world to define "judging." (See John 2:13ff., Jesus cleansing the temple.) Jesus had righteous indignation, as Paul wrote, "Be angry and do not sin."

v. 14. "these " = "apostates"
The prophecy of "Enoch, the seventh from Adam," who "walked with God" during the days when the world was in general wickedness and who was taken up into heaven (see Gen 5) is used as an illustration. The prophecy is treated as historically accurate, though Jude's use of this prophecy does not imply an endorsement of 1 Enoch as a whole.

v. 15. 1 Enoch does not use the word "ungodly" as much as Jude. (Jude emphasizes the ungodly character of the apostates.) These "ungodly" people are in the church. These "ungodly" people are not saved.

v. 16. The "ungodly" people are complaining, discontent people. This discontentment leads to:
a. following their own evil desires;
b. arrogant boasting;
c. favoritism.

Apostates hate an atmosphere in which God's Word is front and central in all things, so that they are constantly confronted with their sin.

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