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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, February 06, 2011

Sermon Notes from Jude 17-23, "How To Keep Watch 2" 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. Introduction
A. Opening Comment: Sometimes wrong solutions can be worse than the original problem.
B. Example of right solutions to problems: The Puritans, who were true physicians of the soul, experts at diagnosing and responding to issues biblically.
C. Example of a wrong solution to a problem: 2 Sam 6, David trying to transport the ark of the covenant back into Jerusalem without consulting God's Word.
D. Additional examples of right solutions to problems: Paul's gospel-centered solutions to problems in the churches.
E. Examples of the apostles' warnings re: apostasy:
1. Acts 20
2. 1 Tim 4.

II. The Second Solution to the Problem of Apostasy: "Keep yourselves in the love of God."
A. Our responsibility to 'keep ourselves' is based upon God's prior work.
1. Phil 2:12-13.
2. 2 Pet 1:10.
B. The genitive in Jude 21 is subjective; we are to keep ourselves in our love for God.
C. How? 3 participles in the text:
1. "Building yourselves up in your most holy faith:"
a. "Building" is a present tense participle, indicating a continual, daily action.
b. "Your most holy faith"= the Christian faith, as defined by the Word of God.
2. "Praying in the Holy Spirit:"
a. = Praying in the power of the Holy Spirit.
i. Rom 8:26-27.
ii. Gal 4:6.
b. No indication of private prayer languages.
3. "Waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life:" (this is an eschatological statement, referring to when the Lord returns)
D. Care for others:
1. "Have mercy on those who doubt"
2. "Save others by snatching them out of the fire"
3. "To others show mercy with fear"
a. Gal 6:1.
b. We must be sure that we are ourselves built up in faith before we can help others.

III. Why be concerned about apostasy? Without concern for this:
A. The gospel gets confused
B. The nature of the Church gets confused

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