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   Historic Examples of Apostasy
   Jude 1:11-25
Sunday School,  November 8, 2015
Apostasy comes from the Greek word "apostasia" and literally means "a departure or defection from the truth." It is translated in the King James Version, "a falling away" (2 Thessalonians 2:3). In our last session, we looked at what apostates do and what they choose not to believe. In today's session, we will look at who they are, what they fail to accomplish and what we must do. Jude provides for us three examples of those who departed from the clear teaching of the Word of God - Cain, Balaam and Korah. Jude quotes from the writings of Enoch to reveal the judgment that will come upon those who depart from the truth and are considered "ungodly." Jude recognized the importance of our knowing this information that we might stay true to "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

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   The War Against Apostasy
   Jude 1:1-4
Sunday School,  November 1, 2015
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding (Proverbs 9:10). If mankind rejects this truth, he will find himself seeking wisdom and knowledge in other sources. This is total foolishness considering that God Himself is the ultimate source of all knowledge and wisdom. There are two sets of triads in this session, the first relating to whom the epistle is addressed and the second related to moral, social and doctrinal separation. Many churches in America have given themselves over to doctrinal apostasy having first chosen to ignore moral and social separation. The real enemy is Satan who has cunningly deceived many saints and churches leaving the door open for the infiltration of apostates. We must be vigilant in contending for the faith once delivered to the saints.

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   Contending for the Faith
   Jude
Sunday School,  October 25, 2015
While the book of Acts is referred to as the Acts of the Apostles, Jude could easily be called the Acts of the Apostates. Jude did not begin his epistle this way. He started out to encourage the saints by writing about the salvation he shared with them. Perhaps while addressing his letter, he was reminded of a most difficult situation in the church and sensed the necessity of warning the saints of apostasy that had crept into the church and exhorting them to contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. An ungodly element had made their way into the church and were turning the grace of God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ. Jude concludes his epistle by recognizing the only wise God and Savior Who was able to protect the saints from succumbing to this evil influence.

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