How to Fight for the *Faith

EasyEnglish questions (2800 word vocabulary) on the letter of Jude

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G. Hibbs

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.

 

About These Questions

These are questions on the biblical text of: Fight for the *Faith! An EasyEnglish Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the letter of Jude by Hilda Bright.

We hope that these questions will help you to understand the text. We also want to help you to use the text in real life. These questions are not examination questions with right or wrong answers.

The Questions

v1 Who is this letter from? What does the writer say about himself? What do you think about that? Whom did he write the letter to? What does Jude say about those people? What difference does that make to you?

v2 What does Jude ask God to do for his readers? What difference does ‘God’s *mercy and inner peace and love’ make in your life?

v3 Jude calls his readers ‘Dear friends’. What does that tell you about the writer and the readers? Jude was going to write about one thing but he wrote about something else. What were the two things? Jude wanted to write ‘about the *salvation that we all share’. Why might Jude have wanted to write about that? What is ‘the *faith’ that Christians should defend? What does Jude say about ‘the *faith’?

v4-24. Make up a short dramatic story about wicked men, and how they should change. Use Jude’s *word-pictures.

v4 How have wicked men come? What things do they do? Who do wicked people deny? What do you think about that? What warning comes from God to people who behave like that?

v5-8. Make up short dramatic stories about the stories here. Act them out as a warning.

v5-8 What stories does Jude remind his readers about? Why might he have chosen those stories? What link does Jude make between imagination and respect for God’s authority? If people are using their wicked imagination, what is their attitude to God’s authority? How would those people speak about God’s holy *angels?

v9-11 Jude says ‘These men ... *mock anything that they do not understand.’ Have you seen people *mock what they do not understand? The ‘chief *angel Michael’ would not accuse the devil himself. You might suspect that the devil has been at work. Then what would you do if you were wise? Animals do whatever they like. If we behave like them, what may we expect to happen? What can you learn about Cain, Balaam and Korah?

v11. Make up short dramatic stories about Cain, Balaam and Korah. Act them out as a play.

v12-13 Put these *word-pictures into your own words. How have you been like those men? What are you going to do about that?

v14-19 What more do you learn about wicked men? What have you done that they do? What are you going to do instead? Where may you find the energy to do that?

v20-24 Jude says that you should do some actions. What are the actions? Write down a list of those things. What are the sources of help that you will receive? What does God do for you? What good events may you look forward to?

v25 What should your attitude to God be? Praise God now.

Final Questions

What is Jude’s letter about? What have you learned about the attitude that people have to God? What will you do about all that?

 

Word List

Amen ~ we completely agree!

angel ~ a servant of God in heaven.

apostle ~ someone whom God sends to teach about Jesus.

deed ~ something that we do.

disobey ~ not obey.

faith ~ (1) trust in God; (2) belief; (3) facts about Christian belief.

forgive ~ to show pity and not to remember bad things; to set free from wrong things that we do.

grace ~ God’s generous free gift.

greed ~ when you want too much of something that you do not really need.

Jew ~ a person who is from the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; a person who believes the *faith of the Jews, called Judaism.

Lord ~ a name that we call God or Jesus; we call God or Jesus Lord when we do what they say.

mercy ~ God’s love and goodness.

mock ~ laugh in a bad way at something.

salvation ~ God’s rescue of men and women from evil and its results.

word-picture ~ a description that helps you to imagine what a physical place or object would look like.

Book List

William Barclay ~ The Letters of John & Jude ~ St. Andrews Press ~ Revised edition, 1998

Dick Lucas & Christopher Green ~ The Message of 2 Peter & Jude ~ The Bible Speaks Today ~ IVP, 1995

Michael Green ~ 2 Peter & Jude ~ Tyndale NT commentaries ~ IVP, 1987

R. H. Charles (translator) ~ The Book of Enoch ~ SPCK, 1997

Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

Bibles ~ R.S.V, T.E.V, Jerusalem, Weymouth, J. B. Phillips, N.E.B, N.I.V

 

© 1997-2004, Wycliffe Associates (UK)

This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 words).

January 2004

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