Scriptures: Jude 5-7, Numbers 14:22-23, John 14:15, Genesis 6:1-8, 19:1-5, James 3:1, Luke 17:28-30
We are not to live in the past, but we are to look to the past and learn from the past, so that we don't lose in the present and lack for the future. There are some lessons we can learn from what happened yesterday, that will help us enjoy today and secure tomorrow. Jude uses three examples for his reminders, because each deals with how apostates turn from God, and how God judges them when they do. In this message Dr. Merritt details a national example, a celestial example, and a social example.
"God has given to professors in Christian schools, and preachers in Christian churches, a high position and a lofty purpose. A professor in a seminary has the position of training his students to preach the Bible faithfully. A preacher in a church has the purpose of teaching people to believe the Bible fully. But there are apostates behind podiums and pulpits today who have misused their position and abused their purpose, and led schools, churches, and entire denominations away from the Word of God, and therefore the power of God." --Dr. Merritt
Keywords: Jude, apostate, apostasy, salvation, past, remember, Israel, deliverance, Moses, leader, pastor, rebellion, angels, forget, Sodom, Gomorrah, immorality, Dead Sea, judgment, fire
Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.