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Community Group Questions | Jude 8-10, Don't Trust Me | April 22, 2018

“Jude: Don't Trust Me” 
Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation

God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?  Read the following passages and consider these questions. 


READ

Jude 1-10

[1] Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:

[2] May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

[3] Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. [4] For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

[5] Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. [6] And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—[7] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

[8] Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. [9] But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” [10] But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. (ESV)


QUESTIONS (20 minutes)

Main point: To whose authority do we listen or submit: our own or Jesus'?

1. What situation is Jude addressing in his letter?

2.  Share a time when someone called you out, rebuked you or held you accountable?

3. Jude uses a well-known illustation from extrabiblical literature about Michael rebuking Satan?  By who's authority did Michael rebuke Satan?   What do we learn from this example about how we are to rebuke?

4. In what areas of life should Jesus' be our final authority?  How does he communicate that authority today (Heb 1:1-2; John 10:35; Matthew 5:17-19; 12:38-42; 19:4-5)?  

5. List the authorities in your life. Where you place yourself in that list?  How do these authorities help you make practical decisions (at work, with finances, in spiritual life)?  

6.  Like the wolves' blood-frozen blade story that Scott mentioned in his sermon, many of our authorities are deceptive. How can you lead your family and friends to learn that Jesus' authority is good and not self-destructive?

PRAYER (10-15 minutes) 

Personal Response: Pray through the benediction in Jude 23-25.  Commit it to memory between now and the next time your community group meets.  Consider memorizing it as a family.