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Lest We Drift Away. Hebrews 2:1-3. The Danger of Drifting. Lest We Drift Away. Introduction. People can drift away – Heb 2:1; Gal 5:4 - Causes of drifting away – 2 Sam 11; Heb 2:3 Signs that one is drifting away – 1 John 2:15-17 What to do . . . .

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Lest

We

Drift

Away

Hebrews 2:1-3

The

Danger

of

Drifting

W. 65th St church of Christ 9/4/04

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Lest We Drift Away

Introduction

  • People can drift away – Heb 2:1; Gal 5:4 -
  • Causes of drifting away – 2 Sam 11; Heb 2:3
  • Signs that one is drifting away – 1 John 2:15-17
  • What to do . . .

Apostasy doesn’t happen over night!

W. 65th St church of Christ 9/4/04

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Lest We Drift Away

People can drift away

  • Peter warns us – 2 Peter 2:20-22
  • James warns us – James 5:19,20
  • Paul warns us – Hebrews 3:12-14; 6:11,12
  • John warns us – Rev 2-3

If apostasy were impossible – then why all the warnings against it?

W. 65th St church of Christ 9/4/04

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Lest We Drift Away

People can drift away

Some things we should know about drifting

  • Requires no effort - Heb 2:1
  • An unconscious process - Rev 3:17
  • We never drift upstream - Mat 7:13,14
  • Speed downstream increases – 2 Pt 2:20
  • Drifting is dangerous to others – Mal 2:8;
  • Ends in shipwreck – 1 Tim 1:19

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Lest We Drift Away

Causes of drifting away

David is and example of one who drifted away from God

2 Sam 11

  • Idleness – 2 Sam 11:1
  • Through the eyes a thought entered - 2 Sam 11:2
  • He entertained the thought – 2 Sam 11:2,3
  • He acted upon the thought - 2 Sam 11:4
  • Because of prideful shame he attempted to cover up his sin - 2 Sam 11:5-27
  • Nathaniel points the finger – 2 Sam 12:7
  • David repents – 2 Sam 12:13
  • David suffers life-long consequences - 2 Sam 12:10-12,14

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Signs of drifting away

  • Diminished love for truth & increased love for entertainment – Ps 1:1-3
  • Diminished engagement in prayer & and increased love for the world – Luke 18:1; 1 John 2:15-17
  • Diminished desire to be with Christians – Ps 122:1
  • Diminished desire to share the gospel – Acts 4:20; 8:4; 1 The 1:8
  • Diminished spiritual mindedness – Col 3:1,2; Rom 8:1-6

Here are some warning signs that can help us identify Drifting

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Lest We Drift Away

Preventatives

The scriptures teach us things to do that will keep us from drifting

  • Keep rowing – 1 Peter 1:5-10; Phili 3:12-15; Mark 13:33
  • Watch out for undercurrents – 1 Cor 10:13; Mat 26:41; 1 Cor 15:33
  • Expect to go against the tide – Mat 7:13,14; 2 Peter 2:1
  • We must have strong anchorage – Col. 2:6,7; Eph 4:14,15; Eph 3:16-18; Heb 6:18,19

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Conclusion

  • A Real Danger
  • We must focus on stopping apostasy at its source
  • Recognize the warning signs - Can we see any of these in ourselves?
  • Bible Study
  • Prayer
  • Attendance
  • Evangelism
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Salvation

Apostasy doesn’t happen over night!

NEGLECTING

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Conclusion

  • It is time to stop drifting –

Hebrews 2:1-3 (NKJV)

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. [2] For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, [3] how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

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Conclusion

  • It is time to stop drifting –

1 Cor. 15:58 (NKJV)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

W. 65th St church of Christ 9/4/04