After the initial excitement passes, those whom God calls to discipleship will face pain. Indeed, it can be so great that you are tempted to abandon your post. The Spirit assures you, however, that perseverance will pay off.
Through Jude, the Spirit teaches the necessity of contending against dangerous distortions of God's grace. Rather than stifling spirituality, we'll see how doing so actually renews our eagerness to proclaim Christ!
The last day of 2017 naturally provides an occasion to reflect on God's abundant provision. We'll be reminded this morning that God's people have periodically taken time to reflect upon and celebrate God's goodness—sometimes in the wake of dire situations.