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Festival Of Christ The King
Last Sunday Of The Church Year
Series B

Option #1: "The Last Words of Jude"
Jude 20-25
Rev. Wayne Dobratz, B.S., M.Div.
I. About you--vv20-21
A. Being built up--1 Cor 1:8; Eph 4:16; Col 6-7
B. Remaining in God’s love--John 15:9-10; Rom 5:5

II. About those around you--vv22-23

A. Sharing salvation with them--Rom 11:13-16; Daniel 12:3

B. But not getting corrupted by them--v23; 1 Cor 5:9-11, 15:33; Rev 3:4

III. About your eternal destination--vv24-25; 2 Cor 4:14; Eph 5:26-27; Col 1:22, 3:4

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible

Verses 24-25: God is able, and as willing as able, to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory. Not as those who never have been faulty, but as those who, but for God’s mercy, and a Saviour’s sufferings and merits, might most justly have been condemned long ago. All sincere believers were given him of the Father; and of all so given him he has lost none, nor will lose any one. Now, our faults fill us with fears, doubts, and sorrows; but the Redeemer has undertaken for his people, that they shall be presented faultless. Where there is no sin, there will be no sorrow; where there is the perfection of holiness, there will be the perfection of joy. Let us more often look up to Him who is able to keep us from falling, to improve as well as maintain the work he has wrought in us, till we shall be presented blameless before the presence of his glory. Then shall our hearts know a joy beyond what earth can afford; then shall God also rejoice over us, and the joy of our compassionate Saviour be completed. To Him who has so wisely formed the scheme, and will faithfully and perfectly accomplish it, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.

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Jude 1:20: But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.

Visual: picture of exercise equipment, such as the BOWFLEX

Do you have gym class at your school? Do they still call it that? It was also called "physical education" when I was in school. What do you do there? Why does the school schedule time for that?

Right! Your body needs exercise; it needs to be BUILT UP, and not just when you’re young but for your whole life. We have a health club near where we live that has 10,000 members!

In one of today’s Bible readings, Jude the Apostle tells us: But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Does that mean we will have PE classes here in church? No, but Jude is talking about exercise, just the same. It’s the exercise you need for your spirit, that part of you inside that knows God and follows him. You get BUILT UP by learning more and more of God’s Word. You get BUILT UP by learning what God’s Word means for your life, for the decisions you will make in your life. You get BUILT UP as you exercise God’s Word in deciding about what’s right and wrong.

The exercise is in God’s Word, but it is also in praying for God’s help and strength. And this is something that you don’t do just once in awhile. You need this kind of BUILDING UP EXERCISE for your whole life.

You don’t want to let your body go without exercise; don’t let your spirit be without it, either. You will need this strength down the road of your life.

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Option 2: "Lord of the Flies!"
Isaiah 51:4-6
Rev. Kelly Bedard, B.A., M.Div.

Point: Fun flies when you're having time! 
Problem: We sometimes look for and wait on all the wrong people and things, vanishing and worn out--yea, even dead!--though they may be.
Promise: Because God made Jesus die for us and for our sins, the Spirit thus lives in us, empowering and equipping us to spend His time waiting on others--i.e., serving--in the most positive sense.
Charles Spurgeon re: "On mine arm shall they trust." (Isaiah 51:5) In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. 
When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! 

There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father's arms and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! 

Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see that thou puttest thy full confidence in Him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. 

Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee. Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms. 

Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as He built the heavens and the earth, glorify Himself in thy weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress. 

The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye. (Morning & Evening)


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