1. build ourselves up in the faith, (most holy)
2. pray in the Holy Spirit,
3. keep ourselves in God’s love.
Title: The Spiritual Life
Key Scripture the book of Jude
So Jude Warns against “certain men” who have infiltrated the community
and warns those who use grace as a license to engage in sexual
immorality and are boastful, abusive, reject authority, and divisive
like Sodom, Cain, Balaam, fruitless trees, wandering stars.
Warns that a godless life is a clear indicator that someone is not a
true follower of Christ.
contending for the faith means rejecting false brothers whose lives do
not reflect Christ.
All the time Jude wants us to know we are loved
And about the persevering life in the “last times”
• not about the shortness of the time but the character of the time:
the battle is intense.
• build ourselves up in the faith, pray in the Holy Spirit, and keep
ourselves in God’s love.
• be merciful to those who doubt, snatch others from the flames, hate
anything to do with the corruption of this present age.
Jude writes to ...
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are
called, who are beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus
Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance. Beloved,
while eagerly preparing to write to you about the
salvation we share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to
contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
To those who kept safe by God to contend for the faith
Why because there is trouble ahead, and our character is tested and we
can live up to it.
Because the faith has been entrusted, it has been handed over, to the saints.
For what- ever reason, God has consistently chosen to give his people
responsibility in his plans: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob,
Joseph, Moses, Miriam, Joshua, Deborah, David, Solomon, Elizabeth,
Mary, and, perhaps most importantly, Israel herself as a people and
then the church joined in.
Sometimes they got it right, and sometimes they got it wrong, and
some- times they got it
really wrong, but God kept entrusting his plans to the people he called.
God hasn’t changed his nature. We are the ones whom God has called—the
elect ones —and so we are the ones to whom God has entrusted the
His whole plan, his whole means of setting right the world through
Christ’s work on the cross—that message has been handed over to us,
God seeks to enact his setting-right of the world through us!
We have been entrusted with the faith.
And when God decided on this plan, he handed it over once for all
time. If we do not contend for the faith, then the faith will not be
Now by the spirit were ourselves are part of the message.
If we don’t live the gospel, the gospel will not be lived and the
message of the cross will be stifled, because our lives, our
faithfulness, and our communities are the embodiment of the gospel.
God handed the outworking of his plan to us. He granted us a great
deal of honour and responsibility that we ought not take lightly.
But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our
Lord Jesus Christ; for they said to you, “In the last time there will
be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” It is these worldly
people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. But you,
beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy
Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy
of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on
some who are wavering; save
others by snatching them out of the fire;
and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic
defiled by their bodies. Now to him who is able to keep you from
falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his
glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ
our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and
now and forever. Amen.
We begin this week with what it means to be Building yourself up
And what holy faith means
The Holy Spirit is what energises us
Spirit filled and a spirit led life
“It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh is no help at all” (John 6: 63).
More we look at that verse. Do we believe it? Does our prayer life reflect it?
The Holy Spirit is not merely helpful. He is our only hope. He is the
one who gives life. Yet when people lack life, the church often points
to other solutions.
Not just in our weakness but day and night
How many times do we think what to say what to do yet we don’t ask
This is so profound
How much more does the father want to give us the spirit. More than a
father gives bread, more than fish.
Ask and receive
Seek and you’ll find Knock and door will open.
James 4 Says we don’t have Because we don’t ask and we don’t ask for
what we need
Ask God to build you up.
We can feel so Lost yet we don’t stop and ask for directions
Take your spiritual temperature
If your are following a map know where you are and know where you are
going. Have an aim a direction even a small aim and feel a sense of
First we have in us an idea that we are more than the sum of our parts
Society wants to box us in
Make us who they think we should be We are more than our group Identity
Be weary what statistic will tell you. And try and convince you what is normal.
You are More than a woman, more than a white more than your status or class
More than your job,
More than a husband a wife
You have at least 7 major things that make you you and define you.
Actually you have hundreds, as you are a complicated being,
We want to label people - group them together. Make it easier to say I
know you and if I know you I can judge you.
Get a statement, so we can Pigeon-hole them children
The idea we of the divine creation Sovereignty of the individual. Is
Enshrined in law
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s
own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not
a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received
mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10
There has to be something of fundamental worth about us and we need to
think of ourselves as someone who we want build up
As a conscious being of human kind means we are unique and we have value
In Order for us to really love another and Love someone else we have
to attribute a value to people
First We have the value ourselves
Consider ourselves someone who needs building up.
This is the part of us that reflects the divine this is the image of God
Watch people and see there is more to them
Watch people and see the evidence of the divine
If we don’t believe in the value of people we can become harsh to
Others and not really care
Are we are treating people like someone we really care for. Or how we
would want to be treated ourselves
Matt 7 “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you;
for this is the law and the prophets.
So we work to better ourselves by building up
Most holy faith.
The faith, and “our faith” and the “faithfulness of Christ”
Faith in Jesus or faith of Jesus
Our justification is on the basis of our connection with the
faithfulness of Christ.
Faith big or small it’s enough It will grow as we
Hear the word Practise or tested Shared
God wants us to grow strong in ‘the faith’ these are the things we believe in,
Our faith is simply to trust and believe
Where the strength and power comes is the faithfulness of Christ.
Jesus warning peter about praying faith doesn’t fail and strengthen
But we can increase our faith by the word of God, as it will be
stronger when we need it
Which is why we work hard Bite of more than we can chew
Stretch your spiritual muscles expand to the point of tearing and heal stronger.
Three things you need for body building
• Train hard
• Eat well
Jesus said you will be tested you will overcome
By the spirit
Peter knew this
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great
mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance
that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, even if now for a little
while you have had to suffer various
trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than
gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire— may be found to
result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do
not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable
and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the
salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9
This is the answer to Jude
Building yourselves up Most holy faith Praying in the holy
Keep Yourself in the love of God
Re-building the wall like those in the days of Ezra, caring the sword
and the Cement
If we have been destroyed
Memories than make us sad, write them down own them and then-overcome them
What are our motives to make new
Building something worth while
Work hard at things worth doing
This is the idea of redemption is being reborn
Resurrection only follows death.
Looking for where needs to die and choosing new life instead
We doing what we can to bring redemption into our lives.
Why do we do anything because we think it will be better
Chicken cross road
Thinking it will be better
First we have a map for our lives, we need aims and objectives
Know where you are at
Take care of yourself like you are someone you care about
Surround yourself with people who wish you well and stop You when you
are going wrong
Be the friend you would want
Choose people who help You be better
It’s not the Blind leading the blind both fall into a ditch
Why is we build ourselves up
Because we take responsibility for our own pain our past and learn from it
Stop hurting others
Verse 20: “But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most
holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s
love.”25 If the intruders are earthly and unspiritual, then you be
rooted in the Spirit above anything.
You are beloved, and as beloved, you have relational responsibilities.
Paul loves this architectural language of building up, but he is not
the only one: Gods house gods building etc.
Jude says we are to build up ourselves—and therefore each
other—instead of practicing slander and selfish jockeying for
position. With this metaphor, Jude teaches that “all should contribute
to the spiritual growth of the whole community.”
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand
without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the
only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty,
power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.