Jim Pinkston Sermon Outline on Jude




Beggs Feb.19, 2017

READ: Jude 1-4


  1. A man won a million dollars, but his family was afraid to tell him for fear he may have a heart attack.
  2. So they asked their preacher to tell him.
  3. He tried to ease into it and asked the man, if you were to come into a million dollars what would you do?
  4. The man said I would give half of it to the church and half of it to you.
  5. The preacher had a heart attack and died.


  1. Much of the material in 2 Peter and Jude has a very obvious similarity. (2 Pet.2:1-3:3; Jude 4-19).
  2. I Peter – 2 Peter, and Jude share a common concern to encourage Christians to keep the faith.
  3. The short epistle of Jude is written by a man about whom we know very little. (Jude:1).
  4. He identifies himself as the “brother of James”.
  5. This means he is a half brother of Jesus of Nazareth. (Mark 6:3).
  6. Following the example of James, he referred to himself humbly as a “servant of Jesus Christ”, and claimed no special privilege because of his relationship to the Savior as a fleshly brother.
  7. Jude was written in the mid 60’s about the same time as 2 Peter.
  8. They were on the verge of a great persecution.
  9. It was probably the outbreak of persecution which came in connection with Nero’s rage against the saints following the fire at Rome in July of A.D. 64.
  10. The epistle was intended to have a wide readership among Christians generally. Jude:1.
  11. The author intended to write a treatise on the doctrine of salvation, but the threat of false teachers became such that he wrote instead to warn of their destructive potential.
  12. The theme of Jude is the danger of false teachers, and the necessity of contending for the faith. READ: verse 3.


  2. Well that is just too long.
  3. It is one of the most ignored books in the N.T.
  4. It is a difficult letter.
  5. It is not a letter that you read casually and grasp.
  6. It is not a letter that you can cover in one lesson, in fact we are only going to cover verses 1-4 today.
  7. Some of the best treasures require a little digging they are not laying on top of the ground.
  8. Do not be intimidated by a letter where you have to dig a little, if we just try, it can be one of the best studies we can have.


  1. READ: verses 1-4 Then we are going to ask a series of questions and give the answers to introduce this letter.
  3. In the original text his name was Judas.
  4. That’s interesting, the book is written about apostasy, and it bears the name of one of the greatest deceiver and apostate of all times.
  5. It is not hard to figure out that when the early church started putting together the New Testament the idea of a book with the name of Judas just did not appeal to them.
  6. So when the King James Version was put together, they shortened the name to Jude.
  7. There are five Judas’ in the N.T.
  8. It helps us figure out who this Judas is when he says he is the brother of James.
  9. At the time of the writing of Jude there is only one James, that was well known by all the churches, he was the brother of Jesus.
  10. Judas is the brother of James, the brother of Jesus. Mark 6:3; Matt.13:55.
  11. Jesus had several brothers and sisters and one brother is named Judas.


  1. What he started to write about is not what he wrote about. verse 3
  2. Jude wanted to write like I want to preach.


  1. If I had it my way I would preach about Salvation every Sunday, wouldn’t that be nice.
  2. Jude said, what I wanted to write about is Salvation, but what I need to do is to write about contending for the faith, because we have a problem that we need to address.
  3. Look at verse 3 again.
  4. He is not writing and explaining the faith to us, he is going to rally us to defend the faith.
  5. What do we mean by faith?
  6. He is not talking about trusting faith.
  7. The word faith is used two ways in our Bible.
  8. It is used to talk about the saving, trusting faith that you have to have in Jesus to become a Christian.
  9. Sometimes the word faith is used to talk about a body of truths, or doctrines that comprise Christianity.
  10. Sometime referred to as the system of faith.
  11. Example: 1 Tim.4:6, “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.”
  12. In this verse “the faith” was a certain collection of truths.
  13. Titus 1:13, ‘This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.”
  14. Eph.4:4-5, “There is one body and one spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”
  15. We hold to a certain body of doctrines that we call our faith and we need to understand things about our faith.


  1. We need to understand that our collective faith was delivered in its entirety.
  2. Jude: 3 says, “it was once and for all delivered to the saints”.
  3. This means that there are not going to be any new truths.
  4. The basic doctrine of Christianity is not up for grabs.
  5. This is what distinguishes us from the cults – they are always coming up with a new revelation.
  6. They must not want to know the Bible because they are always wanting to add something to it.
  7. Jude says that it was delivered once for all – the gospel is not going to be supplemented by any revelation.
  8. That does not mean that each generation does not have to rediscover the facts for themselves.
  9. But that there is not going to be any new revelation – it has been delivered in its entirety.
  10. Secondly it is a possession for and of all.
  11. It was delivered to the Saints.
  12. The quickest way to have apostasy is to take the system of faith and say, “you guys keep it for us, and tell us what we need to know”.
  13. This is what hurt the church for centuries – they kept the faith in a dead language chained to the pulpit and only a few people read it.
  14. The most dangerous thing you can do to a church is let it think it is not responsible for keeping the faith.
  15. A church if it’s going to be a part of the restoration movement has to understand that every Christian is responsible to study and know the faith – the truths of the Bible.
  16. Thirdly, we must know that this faith must be defended.
  17. Being passive is no defense for apostasy.
  18. When people start to wreck the faith, we must all defend it strongly and continually – that is the tense of the verb used here.
  20. Their condemnation was written about long ago.
  21. Matt.7:15 Jesus said, “Watch out for false prophets they will look like sheep but underneath they are wolves.”
  22. In Acts 20 Paul told the Eph. Elders “Even from among your own number men will rise up and distort the truth.”
  23. 2 Peter 2:1. “Just like there were false prophets even so there will be false teachers among you.”
  24. It is interesting that all of these verses talk about false teachers in the future tense.
  25. But Jude does not talk about it in the future tense he said it was here. – We have a problem right now.
  26. These men have crept in unnoticed.
  27. The Greeks used this term to talk about something that could slip into a pool of water and never make a ripple – like a snake.
  28. Some facts about apostasy.
  29. Wolves do not announce that they are coming.


  1. People do not knock on the door of this building and say, “I am a false teacher and I am coming to teach false doctrine.
  2. They just slip in.
  3. Jude says two things about these people in verse 4.
  4. They perverted God’s grace, they lived however they wanted and then wanted God’s pardon.
  5. They denied Christ both vocally and with their lives.
  6. Jude was talking about people who were living immoral, impure lives and who are rebelling against the authority of Jesus.
  7. They wanted to come to church and be accepted, but they did not want the church or Christ or anyone to tell them how to act or live when they leave the meeting place.
  8. We have some tendency toward that kind of Christianity today.
  10. The called ones – The sanctified ones; Sanctified by God – The kept ones; Kept by Jesus Christ. verse 1
  11. Jude was dealing with apostasy and he did not want to scare the brethren and make them think they were lost.
  12. Jude talked about apostasy all through the letter then look how he closes it READ: verses 24-25.
  13. He begins and closes the letter by letting us know that apostasy will not affect our security, if we will just remain faithful.
  14. He wrote this book to let the faithful know they were not falling away even though others are.
  15. The church has too long been motivated by fear instead of hope and love.
  16. We were called to live in hope, that is how we need to try to live.


  1. If you are not living close to God you need to make it right.
  2. Then you can live in hope instead of fear.





READ: Jude:5-7


  1. One question that I am often asked about the Church of Christ is why don’t you believe in the Old Testament?
  2. Do you not think that the Old Testament was written by God?
  3. You can go to some churches for years and never hear much about the Old Testament.
  4. The Book of Hebrews instructs us that because of the death of Jesus there is a New Testament or will that is now in force because of the death of the one who issued it.
  5. So we are under a new covenant.
  6. But that does not eliminate the usefulness of the information found in the Old Testament.
  7. Paul says in Rom.15:4 that everything written in the Old Testament was written to teach us so that through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
  8. We can never fully understand the New Testament if you are ignorant of the Old Testament.
  9. When the writers of the New Testament deal with problems, the scriptures they would use to deal with these problems was from the Old Testament, that was the only scriptures that they had.


  2. There are people that have fallen away from the truths of God, and their faith in God and have crept unnoticed into the church, and what they are doing is really disturbing.
  3. One thing they were doing was perverting grace.
  4. They were saying God loves us and God’s grace is there for you so you can live like you want, sin all you want, God doesn’t care.
  5. They are denying the authority of Jesus Christ.
  6. Jude deals with this by going to three of the most familiar stories in the Old Testament.
  7. These are stories that his readers would have known.
  8. He did this to show that God is not going to tolerate wickedness even among His people.
  9. That is the context of this lesson.
  10. I would like to show you how these three illustrations make Jude’s point.
  11. The point is that no matter how much you know about God, you are not safe guarded from sin and doom, unless you live what you know.
  12. FIRST ILLUSTRATION: Verse 5, “Delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.”
  13. What happened in the wilderness is something that every Christian ought to know about.
  14. READ: 1 Cor.10:1-5.
  15. Great privileges does not necessarily bring great rewards.
  16. Notice the privileges they had in the wilderness.
  17. They had divine direction – they were all under the cloud.
  18. They had divine deliverance – they all passed through the sea.
  19. They had a divine discipler – they were all baptized into Moses.


  1. They had their divine diet – they had manna from God.
  2. They had divine drink – No water and God had it come from a rock to care for his people.
  3. Paul is telling us that there has never been a generation that more clearly saw the love and grace of Jehovah God than these people in the wilderness, but nevertheless God was not pleased with most of them.
  4. Out of over a million of them only two got to go into the promise land. Joshua and Calab.
  5. You may be saying, well what has that got to do with me? 1 Cor.10:6, “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”
  6. They made history for our benefit – Jude is trying to tell us that privilege and position are not safe guards against apostasy.
  7. They had all the privileges but Jude say’s, that deep down in their hearts they still did not trust God.
  8. SECOND ILLUSTRATION: “The Angels” READ: Jude verse 6.
  9. The classic interpretation of this verse is “Nobody knows what Jude is talking about.”
  10. I think we can do better than that.
  11. The second instance which Peter offers to prove his thesis that the punishment of the wicked is inevitable, is that of the angels who sinned.
  12. There is a similar reference in 2 Peter 2:4, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast then down to hell, and delivered into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment”.
  13. In proof of the proposition that judgment against the wicked is inevitable, Peter sites three well known instances:
  14. Angels who sinned.
  15. The destruction of the old world in the flood.
  16. The overthrow of the cities in the plain.
  17. Angels are created beings, “sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation.” (Heb.1:14).
  18. They are moral creatures and answerable to God for their conduct, though outside the redemptive provisions of grace (Heb.2:16).
  19. Thus, when they sin, they are beyond the possibility of salvation.
  20. In spite of their rank, the honorable position they occupied, and the holiness they possessed when created, they sinned and were not spared.
  21. What the nature of their sin was when they sinned and the number of those sinning is not stated.
  22. There has been much speculation regarding this matter but for our purpose we mainly want to notice that even the angels were punished when they did not keep God’s laws.
  23. Back to Jude 6, Angels are created beings, those to whom Jude alludes, “kept not their own principality, but left their proper habitation”.
  24. “Principality” (arche) is a term descriptive of office or position.
  25. These angels abandoned though for what reason or reasons, the writer does not say.
  26. There is much speculation on this theme, and Isa. 14:12-15 is often cited in this connection.
  27. This passage is obviously primarily applicable to Babylon, but, by many believed to have a secondary application to the fall of Satan.


  1. As a result of their abandonment of their proper position, these wicked angels are “kept in everlasting bonds under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”.
  2. The great day alluded to here is the judgment day described in Matt.25:41.
  3. These wicked angels will suffer punishment, along with evil men, and in everlasting bonds under darkness they await the judgment day.
  4. The writer’s meaning is, If the angels which sinned do not escape the vengeance of God, so neither will the false teachers referred to in verse 4.

III. THE THIRD ILLUSTRATION: Sodom & Gomorrah verse 7 READ:

  1. You would think that people would learn from history and events that take place, but they do not always.
  2. What is so strange abut Sodom & Gomorrah is that it happened relatively soon after the flood.
  3. About 450 years there were people that could remember the stories of the flood and turn right around and do the worst things that you could imagine.
  4. This just shows that no matter what God tries to teach people through history, man is going to choose his own will instead.
  5. There is no instance in scripture that impacted the Jews like the burning of Sodom & Gomorrah.
  6. 22 times in your Bible the Jews refer to Sodom and Gomorrah as a warning that you better straighten up.
  7. READ: Verse 7 again – People of Sodom and Gomorrah are suffering in fire to this day, because of their sins.
  8. I imagine there were some people in the church when they got that letter said, “That’s impossible, there is no one in our church that could possibly fall away and disobey God and live filthy lives.
  9. Jude was saying, “WOULD YOU WAKE UP! – JUST READ THE O. T.!!
  10. The question today is, ARE WE GOING TO LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES?
  12. The need for remembrance always is with us.
  13. One criticism that preachers get is – your are always preaching the same thing.
  14. Well, until God comes out with a new book we must keep preaching this one. (And we know His word is complete and will never change and will live on forever.)
  15. I might shed some light on a tough passage, but I can’t come up with any new faith.
  16. Jude said, I am going to remind you even though you already know these things.
  17. I am going to remind you what God is trying to teach you from the O.T.
  18. Knowing the facts does not necessarily mean the people have grasped the significance or you would not have these problems.
  19. One of Satan’s greatest weapons is to make us think that the stories of the Bible are not important or that they are irrelevant.
  20. If he can do that he has won a great victory.
  21. Jude is saying, “I am going to remind you of these stories for God is trying to teach you something”.
  22. We need to remember our history.
  23. Second, the need for repentance.
  24. Did you notice in the illustrations in the O.T. that once judgment came it was never reversed.
  25. The angels and Sodom and Gomorrah are to this day suffering for their sins, and God is not going to reverse that.
  26. Since you know these stories and if you are not living in the frame work of these stories and of God’s will, you need to do something about that now.
  27. If you are not living right according to God’s word you need to repent now.