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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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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sermon Notes from "Jude to Those God Called: Mercy, Peace, and Love to You." Sermon by Mitch Chase.

[This past Lord's Day evening at Kosmosdale Baptist Church, Mitch Chase began a series on the book of Jude. Below are my notes from his first sermon in this series.]

I. Introduction

A. Reasons why Jude is often neglected:
1. Brevity;
2. Content (some seems strange);
3. Quotations of non-biblical sources.

B. Background:
1. Probably written in late 60s;
2. Recipients unknown;
3. A general epistle.

II. Opening Greeting

A. Significance:
1. NT epistles fill typical letter greetings with theological substance.
2. NT letter greetings foreshadow the content of the letter.

B. Author:
1. "Jude:" from "Judas" or "Judah;" in the NT, there were several men named Judas.
2. "A servant of Jesus Christ:" this title has an OT background in which some are referred to as servants of YHWH.
3. "Brother of James:"
a. One James-- the half-brother of Jesus, who Paul calls a pillar of the Church-- is more prominent than any other (Matt 13:55).
b. This is the only place in the NT in which a figure identifies himself by his relationship to his brother, rather than his relationship to his father.

C. Recipients:
1. Jude describes his readers theologically rather than geographically.
2. "Called" refers to the sovereign call of God.
3. "Beloved" refers to God's effective love.
4. Jesus Himself preserves us (24; Isa 42:6).

D. Greeting:
1. "Mercy, peace, and love" refer to the gospel.
2. "Mercy" directly leads to "peace," the fruit of which is "love."
3. This gospel is at stake, being under attack by false intruders.

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