Dave Williams speaking on Jude 20-25. He spoke about Christ our cornerstone, the Gospel that builds us up, and reverent prayer God deserves. Reminding us to build ourselves in his truth, pray intentionally, and to keep ourselves in his Love.
- Contend for the Faith
- Intro: Jude’s Intent
- There is an attack inside the church and outside the church.
- One strengthens it and the other seeks to destroy it.
- Jude wasn’t messing around! He demanded that we conceded for the faith. Fight for it. Don’t let anything get in the way of it.
Jude 20 – 25
Jude 20 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
- It is interesting the term “build-up” is only used 6 times in scripture and each time it is referring strictly to building the Body of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 3: For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field. God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.”
- We see here that Paul starts out by stating that we are the building of God and therefore we need to take care of how we build-up on it.
- We know that as Paul states in Ephesians chapter 2 that the cornerstone of the structure that God is building is Jesus Christ. The truth of who He is and what he had done for us is the cornerstone of the building. That has to be locked down.
- His word then encapsulates that. It is where we draw truth from and the proof that God is who He says he is. But then we, as living stones are being stacked next to Christ to create the body of Christ on this earth.
- So how do we build ourselves up in the most holy faith? By realizing and believing He does the building in us.
“14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love.”
- Jude says we need to build up in the Holy faith. That holy faith is believing in a God that is strengthening us.
- Even right now. God is building you up. He has taken residence in you and is at work in your life. Even you don’t see it you have to believe it.
- How do we know if we’ve believed it? Even if you do not see growth or feel God do you believe he is living and leading your life? When you think about the Gospel what does it do to you? Does it bring you to your knees?
- When you do this with yourself you are than able to do it with other people. To stop judging each other and start loving one another.
- Why, because if you don’t you are discrediting what He has done and what He is doing.
- Remember what Phillipians 1:6 says “6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
- When we remind ourselves of the good work in our lives we are also reminding ourselves of God ’s presence in our lives.
Praying in the Holy Spirit
- This is intentional prayer. See I believe that our prayer-life should consist of two components: Conversational and intentional.
- There are many days where my prayer time with the Lord is conversational. It consists of me attempting to hear from God and then letting God hear from my heart.
- However, your prayer-life should also consist of intentional time seeking to pray in the Holy Spirit. Which means first taking a posture of listening and then repeating.
- Look at Hebrews 5:7 “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.”
- What do we see here is Jesus who prayers were certainly conversational but man there were intense.
- See we see Jesus, when left alone to pray, pray with great agony for those who were entrusted to Him. That is you and me. Do you understand that Jesus, when gazing into your life saw your sin and and he cried out to the Father to forgive you. It wasn’t an unemotional request. It was with great passion that he interceded on our behalf.
- I can’t imagine the weight of our sin transferring onto Him. He bore it all yet as he is paying our price he cries out in Luke 23, “ Father, God forgive them for they know not what they are doing.”
- Guys, He was been interceding for you from before you were born.
- When you are praying in the Spirit that is what that should look like. It is that intense, it focuses on God and others instead of yourself.
- He heard not because of the tears or loud cries, it was because of his deep respect.
- See when we pray in the Holy Spirit we are praying with that same reverence, knowing that we are praying to God.
- We get an opportunity to have a conversation with Jesus Christ, the one who died on the cross for us, we need to come to him with a posture of respect and honor.
- Try it. Before you pray, stop and focus on who God is. Your prayers will get intentional.
How Do We Get There
- How do we get there: Keeping yourself in the love of God.
- I know it feels like I have been beating a dead horse here but God loves you.
- I came across this article about John 3:16
- Listen to this:
- For God—The greatest Lover
- so loved—The greatest degree
- the world,—The greatest company
- that he gave—The greatest act
- his only begotten Son,—The greatest gift
- that whosoever—The greatest opportunity
- believe—The greatest simplicity
- in him—The greatest attraction
- should not perish,—The greatest promise
- but—The greatest difference
- have—The greatest certainty
- everlasting life—The greatest possession.
- That is the Gospel, keep yourself in it. Remind yourself daily that God loved you enough to die for you, loved you enough to live inside you, and loved you enough to spend eternity with you.
Jude is saying
- Build yourself up in the truth that God is building you up. He is making you more like Him.
- Pray intentionally, knowing you are praying to a God that is so deserving of our attention and respect.
- Keep yourself in the Love that came down, died for your sin, and made the way to spend eternity with Him.