CBE: New Testament, 2 Peter and Jude

Making good progress, we move on to Peter’s second letter and Jude’s letter tomorrow. Peter’s second letter was written around AD 65 while Peter was imprisoned by the emperor Nero in Rome. Some Theologians believe that it was written to strengthen Jude’s letter: addressing doctrines that refute Jesus’ second coming, godly living, resurrection of the dead, and judgement. With historic and scriptural references he presents an exhortation to holiness, love, faith and patience. My favourite line being:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

We will discuss who he was; who his audiences were; possible reasons behind his writing; and other questions drawn from our weekly agenda.

This week we are reading pages 359-368 so join us if you can, or meet with friends and family.

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Community Bible Experience operates like a Reading Club…

Participants agree a weekly reading plan, then every Friday we meet in a relaxed fashion for an hour to discuss the following simple questions:

  • What’s something you noticed for the first time?
  • What questions did you have?
  • Was there anything that bothered you?
  • What did you learn about loving God?
  • What did you learn about loving others?

Afterwards, we enjoy light refreshments while we catchup, pray, challenge, and encourage each other.

We recommend a copy of The Books of The Bible by Biblica because of it’s contemporary design and translation, and we set ourselves a weekly target to read eleven pages.

  • (7:00 – 8:00)pm on Fridays
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Spiritual Intelligence: Covenant Keepers

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Good morning friends. With this text in mind from Jude’s letter, let’s consider the following words; contend and earnestly. In this context, to contend means to struggle in rivalry, battle etc., for something of value. Earnestly is from the root word earnest, meaning to show deep sincerity or seriousness. So we can clearly see from his choice of words – that Jude means business.

In the words of one of the greatest thinkers of our time, Philip Rieff,

Religious man was born to be saved; psychological man is born to be pleased.

When we consider Jude’s thought closely, we realise that without help from heaven, friends we are fighting a lost war. Hence The Rabbi’s instruction to His very eager disciples when He appeared to them after His resurrection;

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.

Any seasoned strategist understands the need to assess an enemy’s capability before embarking on a campaign. God, the master strategist, in His infinite wisdom, left us with His Spirit (The Holy Spirit) after Jesus left planet earth. The Holy Spirit embodies all the arsenals that we need to contend earnestly. He is available to lead and guide us through all truth. He’s also our helper and comforter when the battles of life becomes intense.

So don’t run on empty, or just turn up for top-ups. Rather, be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Let us pray… Father, fill us with your Holy Spirit. We receive your fullness to contend earnestly and prevail. We receive your promise today, for a healthy and victorious life – amen!

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~ Sabali