In this season of worldly uncertainty, I’ve needed to quiet the voices and be more selective to what I read and hear so I can hold faithfully to God’s promises and truth. I’ve had the new “Keeping the Faith: A Study in Jude” by Lianna Davis in my stack of books before the coronavirus epidemic, but reading it during this slower season has been good for my heart.
I wasn’t super familiar with Jude, but in “Keeping the Faith” author Lianna Davis took me deep into this short letter in ways that helped me move toward God’s truth. Becoming more like Christ is my focus for the year, and this study goes along so well with how that happens because I belong to Christ and that position affects every dimension of my life.
Jude may be a short book in the Bible with just 25 verses, but this study takes readers verse by verse and prompts other scripture readings and personal reflection. These verses contain some warnings, and I love Davis’ reminder about them: “The warnings of God benefit the beloved of God; these warnings function to keep us near to God’s heart in a world filled with messages that oppose the truth.”
“Keeping the Faith” is a six-week study in which each week has a focus of faith: Keeping in Truth, Keeping in Grace, Keeping the Soul, Keeping the Spirit, Keeping the Body, and He Is Able to Keep Us. I love this repetition of “keeping,” especially with learning about what Jude meant by “kept” in the first verse. Knowing we are God’s beloved and kept in Christ gives me the confidence to live in the truth that truly matters.
About the book
In a culture of subjectivity and “speaking your truth,” this in-depth of Jude encourages us to know how to lovingly fight for our biblically-based, truth-filled faith. With a striking combination of humility, genuine love, doctrinal faithfulness, and directness, Jude teaches you how to treasure the gifts of salvation, the faith, the Church, and — most of all — Jesus Christ.
Walking verse-by-verse through this small epistle, you’ll learn why Jude uses metaphors like waterless clouds and wild waves; what was going on in Jude’s time theologically and why it matters; why the warning passages can be a deep comfort to the believer; and to appreciate new dimensions of your belonging in Christ.
About the author
Lianna Davis is a student of the Word with a B.A. in Ministry to Women from Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Tyler, reside outside of Dallas, Texas and have two dear daughters, one who lives in heaven and one who lives on earth. More of her writing can be found at liannabdavis.com.
I received a free copy of this study from Moody Publishers / Side Door Communications in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own and I’m glad to have this resource for my real life.