Jude 20 / A Foundation of Faith (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on January 18, 2013


This is the ninth in an series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Jude. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of January 13, 2013. This message deals with the surety of Biblical faith, and praying in the Holy Spirit. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, plus my sermon notes. Please note that the notes are not a full transcript. To get the entire message, you’ll need to listen to the Audio.



Jude 20


Jude 20 / A Foundation of Faith

Building yourself up comes from increasing in knowledge of your “most holy faith.”

Acts 20:32

2 Timothy 2:15

Our faith becomes the foundation on which we build.

In fact, if we are to build on faith, then we must be sure that our faith provides a solid foundation on which to build.

You can’t build on a fantasy or an empty dream, you need a solid foundation.

Faith, as the world defines it, is anything but a solid foundation.

True believers have a sure foundation and cornerstone in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:11

Ephesians 2:20

So, because Jesus is the foundation and cornerstone of our faith, our faith becomes a sure foundation.

Even the Biblical definition of faith attests to the surety of it.

Where most people view faith as akin to fair tales, the Bible defines it differently.

Hebrews 11:1

  • Faith = what can be believed, a state of certainty with regard to belief
  • Substance = confidence, being sure (It carries a sense of reality or assurance)

This is the same word used in 11:3 to explain that Jesus took on human “substance,” “the express image of His person [substance].”

5 occurrences: 3-confidence, 1-substance, 1-person

  • hope = a trusting, confident hope, an expectation (denotes a certainty).
  • Evidence = proof

This verse then, teaches us that faith provides the reality and proof of things which we can’t see directly.

Faith is being sure and certain about unseen hopes and realities.

The validity of Christian faith does not rest on either our sincerity or our fervency. Christian faith stands or falls on the truth that the Word of God reveals.

True Bible faith is not blind optimism or a manufactured “hope-so” feeling. Neither is it an intellectual assent to a doctrine. It is certainly not believing in spite of evidence! That would be superstition.

Biblical faith is a sure foundation on which we can build.

praying in the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 6: 18.

Praying in the Holy Spirit is not speaking in tongues, but is praying out of hearts and souls that are indwelt, illuminated, and filled with the Holy Spirit

This is not a call to some ecstatic form of prayer, but simply a call to pray consistently in the will and power of the Spirit, as one would pray in the name of Jesus Christ

Romans 8: 26–27

It is praying in the power of the Holy Spirit, which is only possible when we have built on the foundation of faith, and are praying in the will of God.