Explore the Bible at Home - Week of April 15
Dear Parents, Guardians, Grandparents,
On Sunday, April 15th, your kids were introduced to the Book of Jude. Jude was the half brother of Jesus. Although Jude intended, as he says, to write his letter about "our common salvation," he quickly changed course to help the church face one of its biggest challenges—false teaching. Jude wanted the church to realize that false teachers were in the church and that they would only create harm. The church needed to be able to stand up for the truth of the gospel. Can you, as a family, think of some examples of false teaching? If you heard that false teaching first-hand, what did you do? Were you able to share truth in the face of false teaching? Keep learning together this week using the Explore the Bible at Home handout!
Bible Passage: Jude 1:1-4,10-25
Memory Verse: Jude 1:20-21
Older Kids Text Truth: Be ready to defend and share the gospel with false teachers.
Younger Kids Text Truth: Be ready to stand up for and tell others about Jesus.
Jude’s Letter to the Believers
Jude was a follower of Jesus. He was the brother of James and both men were half brothers of Jesus. Jude decided to write a letter to some of his friends who believed in Jesus. He originally planned to write about salvation, but Jude had heard some bad news. His friends were around some people that were not following God. These people were false teachers and they had become a part of the church.
Jude warned, “These people are dangerous. They fellowship with you but only care about themselves.” Jude gave the people an image to think about. He said the false teachers were like dangerous reefs, hiding below the water, that could harm a ship.
Jude continued describing the false teachers, “They are unhappy grumblers. They are selfish and speak with arrogance. They try to flatter people to gain an advantage. Remember what the apostles of Jesus said. They warned that false teachers would exist. The false teachers would create division among the believers.”
Then Jude challenged his friends, “Grow strong in your faith and pray. Stay in God’s love. Have mercy on others who doubt and carefully help them understand about Jesus.”
Finally, Jude ended his letter with some praise for Jesus, “To Him who can protect you from stumbling and help you. To only God our Savior, through Jesus our Lord, we give glory, majesty, power, and authority.”