3.What did Jude want to write about (v. 3)? What does he write about instead (v. 3)? Why is Jude’s message so urgent (v. 4)?
4.Jude uses a variety of Old Testament stories to bolster his case against the false teachers (see vv. 5-7, 11). How are these false teachers similar to famous Old Testament villains? Discuss each Old Testament example Jude uses.
5.Jude quotes from or alludes to several books not found in the Old Testament (see vv. 9-10, 14-15)? Does Jude view these books as scriptural (i.e. as part of the Bible)? If not, why do you think he refers to them?
6.These false teachers believed that God’s grace (a) freed them from authority, and (b) enabled them to pursue fleshly desires. As a result, (c) they didn’t fear the consequences of their ungodly behavior. How can believers today fall prey to the same mindset? Can you think of any modern examples of this mindset? How might you fall prey to this mindset? Why does a proper understanding of grace lead us to turn from sin and submit to Christ’s authority?
7.Jude focuses on these teachers’ behavior more than their doctrine. Why is this significant? Why is it crucial for us to remember that our behavior is always “teaching” others? In what areas do you need to be more careful of what you’re teaching believers through your behavior?
8.What’s one thing you can do this week to apply this passage?