October 21, 2020

Topic Day|Jude Introduction

Hey, Jude . . .

Jude 3

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Judgment on False Teachers

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Hey, Jude . . .

Key Verse | Jude 3

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Bio | Jonathan Goodale

I escaped from a New England postmodern worldview seeking a career, and I found truth. I was set free after I planted our young family in Texas. My vocation was a scientist/businessman who searched for the earth's resources. We made many valuable discoveries, but when I discovered that I was a child of God and found Jesus as my Savior, that discovery surpassed them all. Now I am a grandfather, and our family of 10 all attend Watermark. My excellent wife of 58 years, Judy, and I attend the Plano campus where I serve with Summit, Watermark's men's Bible study.

Central Truth

Beware, ungodly people have crept into our community unnoticed. They defile the flesh and deny that the Lord Jesus is the Savior. We must not be silent and must contend for the truth.

Devotional | Jude Introduction

Jude wanted to teach on salvation, but God called him to sound the alarm about false prophets. After his warm greetings to the saints, he called out "certain people" that were corrupting the early...

Jude wanted to teach on salvation, but God called him to sound the alarm about false prophets. After his warm greetings to the saints, he called out "certain people" that were corrupting the early church. Jude reminds us that the scourge of false teachers was not new then, and he concludes by giving us the path to persevere.

In 1 Peter 3:15, we are instructed to "make a defense" of our faith for our hope and the truth to anyone, even to some ungodly people in our congregation. Reading Jude, I see that the corruption in our modern world is nothing new at all, but was obvious throughout the Bible. Some writers think early Gnosticism was part of Jude's concern.

I grew up as an agnostic and was certainly a "loud-mouthed boaster" ignorant of my need for a Savior. Throughout my life, God has redirected my path to Him. In 2016 we decided to leave our home in Houston and move to North Texas to reside closer to our children and grandchildren. We were "eager to" purchase a house and then move up in stages to allow me to transition from my vocation and ease the stress of the move on my 90-year-old mother-in-law and wife. We found a house and started stage one. Then when our home flooded, "I found it necessary" to contend with a rapid and stressful relocation.

I was not seeking Him, but God found me early in my marriage (Romans 10:20); and by His grace Judy and I now get to contend for the faith while serving together at Watermark's Urgent Care Clinic in Plano. God had a plan and He mercifully directed us.

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Discussion Questions

1. Have you ever felt a need to do one thing, and then God directed you elsewhere? How did you respond?

2. What does it mean for you "to contend for the faith"?

3. Do you think of yourself as a contender? Why or why not?

4. How can you recognize a false prophet?

12 Comments available

Linda Green about 1 month ago

Thank you, Jonathan, for being unashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16) and encouraging us to be bold as well. Sometimes others just need us to stand up for truth, and then it gives them courage to do the same. Just like fear, courage is contagious!

Michael Scaman about 2 months ago

Everyone believes in something. Which faith is intended?

“Contend for the faith which was delivered up once for all.” Jesus said at the last supper the apostles would be “led into all truth” which I think is all necessary and essential truth for salvation.

Michael Scaman about 2 months ago

As part of the defense of the faith, I recommend apologetics works like a recent “Patterns of Evidence The Moses Controversy” (which I watched last night thanks to my son, David ).

Where did the first phonetic alphabet come from? Well it is argued that it started with the Jews in Egypt carried into the proto Semitic form then spread to Phoenicia and Greece. This is a big deal being the only phonetic alphabet in its time and the first in history.

see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p70Igxf99e0 And why not? It made it possible for the common people to read the books of Moses.

Gabriel Adel about 2 months ago

Good Morning Jonathan! Loved your devotional message and sharing. Liked the central truth and the key verse. I must say, that I have not seen myself to be contending for anything thing, or see myself as a contender, but your message and how you have become a contender of the faith is something desiring to me and something I will like to imitate as well. I would rather be a contender or be contending for the heavenly treasure gains that will last for eternity than the world temporary glisten gold

Kyle Duhon about 2 months ago
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I love the honesty Jonathon Thanks for sharing your story with us today!

Sue Bohlin about 2 months ago

Jon, beloved brother in the Lord and in community! What a great devo!

I read Dr. Constable’s intro to Jude and learned that one of the elements of gnosticism that Jude was warning against was arrogance toward “unenlightened” church leaders. Whoa. And here we are in 2020, where being “woke” is arrogance toward the unenlightened (who don’t embrace the cultural narrative). Solomon had it right in Ecclesiastes–there’s nothing new under the sun.

I LOVED the NET Bible’s translation of Jude 1:

From Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.

Especially the phrase “wrapped in the love of God the Father.”

What a delightful “identity sandwich”–we are CALLED, WRAPPED in the Father’s love, and KEPT. Thank You, Lord!

Greg Jones about 2 months ago
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Q4 My answer to that question is fruit, what is happening in the wake of the life.

I contend Hebrews 11:1 is a combination of actions based on belief. “Thy kingdom come thy will be done” was a macro prayer of belief prayed by Jesus. Coming near to people, healing and feeding people were micro examples of the macro kingdom come will be done vision of Christ.

A true prophet and false prophet both claim a “kingdom come thy will be done vision.” What’s true or false is judging the micro by the macro.

Whoever had the vision of Watermark Care I would judge as a true prophet. Watermark Care, micro act, is true not false compared to the macro vision.

Great questions.

Greg Jones about 2 months ago
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Really like “we have ‘only’ been married 48 years.”

I’m a newlywed also, only 33 years here.

Hope Harris about 2 months ago


One thought strikes me this morning, Anything of value is worth protecting.

Is my faith worth wrestling for? Is it worth defending?

In the course of 11 years as a follower of Christ I have arrived at the conclusion that is. God has shown me the value of His intended design for gender, sexuality, marriage and the dignity of life.

In wrestling with these issues I am persuaded they they are worth defending. Worth speaking up and out about.

Without a relationship with Jesus I would not have wrestled with these issues and placed a high value on them.

Hugh Stephenson about 2 months ago

Q4 – Might be easier to recognize the rare true one. Usually, I see the false ones using their word, not God’s Word. Yet, if Satan can misquote God and deceive Eve then why not his minions, whether the speaker realizes it or not.

Hugh Stephenson about 2 months ago

GM Jonathan. Love your bio and especially love your questions.

Q1 - Much of the time I am focused on doing one thing and He calls me to do another. I love a message I heard on the book of Jonah describing it as “divine interruption”. Amy, (Proverbs 31), and I often see Him work in this way.

Q2 – I link this answer to the battle in the spiritual realm that Paul discusses in Ephesians 6:10-20. I note with interest that the only offensive weapon in the battle armor is the “sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God”. And why not, if it was good enough for Jesus against the “flaming arrows of the evil one.” Then even more so for me.

Q3 – Now contender, then pretender.

jonathan goodale about 2 months ago

I found a typo, we have only been married 48 years. JLG

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