The Danger of Falling Away

by | May 8, 2022 | High Alert, Sermon

Salvation is guaranteed the moment one believes Jesus for it. But becoming a Christian never guarantees that we’ll live like one. Spiritual maturity is not automatic. It requires diligent engagement with Jesus if we hope to change and grow. In the third of five warnings in Hebrews, the author reminds us that if we fail to mature and if we loosen our grip on Jesus, it’s only a matter of time before we fall away. And falling away leaves us in a precarious position in our relationship with God.

Have you known people who once walked with God but who have now drifted away? What happened? How does one who believes in Jesus get to the place where they fall away from Him?

Are you maturing in Christ? Read Hebrews 5:12-6:3. What expectations does God have for the believer in Jesus?

The specifics of the third warning in Hebrews are found in 6:4-8. Summarize this warning. How do you know he’s talking about Christians? What are the consequences of falling away?

References to fire are not always about hell. Look again at Hebrews 6:7-8. Since believers are free from hell, what judgment is being described here? Compare 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.

Notice the final encouragement in Hebrews 6:9-12. What words of encouragement stand out? What additional warnings do you see here?

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