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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 30, 2011

Sermon Notes from Jude 17-23, "How To Keep Watch" 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.]

I. Opening illustration:
Imagine a bomb squad that was trained to identify bombs, but not trained how to diffuse them; many in the Church are like this: they can identify our problems, but very few can offer proper solutions.

II. Examples from the Bible of wrong solutions:
A. Aaron responding to people complaining by building the golden calf.
B. Saul responding to Samuel's delay by offering sacrifices himself.

III. Examples from the Bible of right solutions:
Paul offering gospel-centered solutions to problems in the churches to which he wrote.

IV. The First Solution offered by Jude to the problem of apostasy = "remember:"
A. The Church is to continually remember the words of the apostles concerning apostates.
B. Description of the apostates:
1. Mockers
2. Followers of their own ungodly desires
3. Divisive
C. When we see those fitting the description of the apostates:
1. Don't be taken off guard
2. Don't lose hope
3. Don't try to redefine the apostates as Christians

V. Application:
When we see apostate-like tendencies in our own hearts, we must repent and flee to Christ in faith.

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