Avoiding Willful Defiance

by | May 15, 2022 | High Alert, Sermon

Even Christians can behave badly. And the Bible acknowledges that a believer can walk away from Jesus all together. To treat God with this kind of contempt is a terrible act of defiance. In the fourth of five warnings in the book of Hebrews, the author tells us about the dangers of willful sin and the consequences we can expect. We must diligently seek to draw near to God to prevent our turning away.

What causes Christians to abandon Jesus and pull away in defiance? How do rebellious Christians affect the world’s perception of believers in Jesus?

The specifics of the fourth warning in Hebrews are found in 10:26-31. How would you summarize the strong language of this warning? Since the author is not describing a threat of hell, what is this judgment mentioned.

The warnings of Hebrews relate specifically to the judgment seat of Christ (when believers will give account for the way they lived for Jesus). Read 2 Corinthians 5:9-11. What do you notice about the judgment seat of Christ?

The solution to the fourth warning in Hebrews (10:26-31) is given in the verses immediately preceding it. Read Hebrews 10:19-25. Highlight 3 areas of action to help prevent willful sin.

Slacking off from church attendance often reveals the early stages of defection from Christ. Read Hebrews 10:24-25. How can we encourage each other to remain faithful to Jesus?

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