SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
August 24-25, 2019
1) A theme of this letter is false teachers. If you use the Internet at all you are barraged with contradictory claims and ideas. How do you discern which ones are true?
2) Read Jude 3-4. Jude wanted to write a letter about salvation, but instead wrote about false teachers who had come into the church. Christianity was still in its infant stage, so how do you think a letter like this would impact a newly-forming congregation?
3) Read Jude 5-7. Some traditions teach the idea of "once saved, always saved," meaning that you can never lose your salvation. Jude doesn't understand it that way, using the ancient Israelites and angels as examples of people who lost their blessed standing before God. Is it possible to lose your salvation?
4) Scott suggested that God will not take away our salvation, but that it is possible to turn away from God so far and so deeply that we give the gift back to Him. Do you agree with his suggestion? Why or why not?
5) Read Jude 8-16. No one is certain about what, exactly, the false teachers Jude wrote about were teaching, but Scott noted a couple of possibilities. What are some examples of false teaching today?
6) Jude saw false teachers and what they proclaimed to be a threat to believers and to the newly-forming church. Two thousand years later, the church is well-established so do false teachers still pose a genuine threat?
7) Read Jude 17-21. Jude writes about the importance of "building yourselves up in your most holy faith" (verse 20). What are some ways you can "build yourself up in your most holy faith?"
8) In verse 22, Jude writes that believers should, "Be merciful to those who doubt." Have you ever visited with someone who had serious doubts about God, or some other aspect of faith? How did you respond to that person's doubts?
9) Is okay to have doubts about something pertaining to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, or our faith? Why or why not? How much doubt is okay?
10) Read Jude 24-25. Do believe that Jesus really is, "able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy?" If so, how does that impact you? If not, what part of it do you struggle to believe?
11) The best way to recognize a counterfeit is to know the real thing very well. Immerse yourself in Scripture.