How to Fight for the *Faith

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

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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?

 

Fight for the *Faith!

An EasyEnglish Version (2800 word vocabulary) of the letter of Jude

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Hilda Bright

This commentary has been through Advanced Theological Checking.

Words in boxes are from the Bible.

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

 

 

v1 From Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James.

To all whom God has called and loves. He keeps them safe for Jesus Christ.

v2 May you have more and more of God’s *mercy and inner peace and love.

v3 Dear friends, I was eager to write to you about the *salvation that we all share. But instead I must write and urge you to fight hard to defend the *faith.

This is the *faith that God gave to Christians, once and for always.

v4 Some wicked men have come among you in secret. They change the *grace of God, as an excuse for their wicked behaviour. They deny our only Master and *Lord, Jesus Christ. Long ago, God warned that he has given judgement against people like that.

v5 You know all these stories, but I need to remind you of them.

God rescued the people of Israel from Egypt. But afterwards, he destroyed those who did not trust him. v6 Some *angels did not keep their position, but left their proper place in heaven. God has kept them chained in deep darkness until the day of judgement. v7 The people of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near them loved to practise sex in ways that are not natural. These people are a warning to other people. They suffered the punishment of fire that will last for ever.

v8 But in their wicked imagination, these men are now using their bodies in the same evil way. They do not respect God’s authority. They speak evil of *angels.

v9 The chief *angel Michael argued with the devil about the body of Moses. But Michael would not accuse him. Instead he said, ‘May the *Lord correct you!’

v10 These men, however, *mock anything that they do not understand. They behave like animals and do whatever they like. Their desires are wicked, and wicked behaviour will destroy them.

v11 How terrible for them! They have followed Cain’s example. *Greed has caused them to fall into Balaam’s error. They are *disobeying God, as Korah did. Like him, they will die.


v12 These selfish and greedy men are like hidden rocks at your love-meals together. They care only about themselves.

They are like clouds that the wind blows. But they bring no rain.

They are like trees that produce no fruit even in autumn. This is because they have no roots. And they are dead.

v13 Their wicked *deeds are like rubbish that the wild sea throws up.

They are like stars that wander about.

God has prepared a place for men like that in deep darkness for ever.

v14 Enoch was the seventh in the family line of Adam. Enoch spoke against these men in his book. He said, ‘Look! The *Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of his holy ones (*angels). v15 He will judge everyone. He will punish all wicked people for all the wicked things that they have done. The *Lord will punish these wicked men for all the hard words that they have ever spoken about him.’

v16 These men are always complaining about something. They are never satisfied. They live for their own selfish desires. They talk about themselves to impress people. But sometimes they want to get something from someone. Then they pretend to respect that person.

v17 But you, my dear friends, remember that the *apostles of the *Lord Jesus Christ warned you. v18 They said to you, ‘In the last days there will be people who make fun of the *faith. They follow only their own desires. v19 These men divide you. They merely follow their selfish feelings. They do not have the Spirit of God.’

v20 My dear friends, go on making the base of your most holy *faith stronger and stronger. Pray in the Holy Spirit (he will help you). v21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for his kindness to bring you to life in heaven with himself.

v22 Be helpful to those who may have doubts. v23 Rescue other people from the fire and save them. But there are other people, for whom you must show pity. But be careful. Hate even the clothes that their evil *deeds have made dirty.

v24 Praise God! He rescues you through our *Lord Jesus Christ from being guilty of doing wrong. He helps you not to trip again. He makes you innocent in his sight. And he fills you with a joy that never ends.

v25 Before time began, and now, and for all the future, God deserves all his beautiful light, and honour, and power, and authority! *Amen!

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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