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The Dangers of Christian Drifting

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Sermon shared by Bobby Stults

June 2008
Summary: Well just like the warning signs that we see today on our roads, on our medicine… and on so many other things in our society… God has posted warning signs along the road of life so that the believer can avoid danger…
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Sermon Brief
Date Written: June 5, 2006 revised on May 29, 2008

Date last preached: June 01, 2008

Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Sermon Details:
Series Title: Our Great Savior!

Sermon Title: The Dangers of Christian Drifting!

Sermon Text: Hebrews 2:1-4 READ PASSAGES HERE

So let’s read our passage at this time… read passage here…
1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,
3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. Heb 2:1-4 (NASB)

Introduction:
In our world today we have ‘warning signs’ posted in almost every area of our lives…
• When we come to a intersection there is a sign to let us know…
• When a stop is coming up there are signs that tell us to stop…
• When we entering the interstate… we have yield signs…
• When dangerous chemicals are present… we see the bio-hazard signs…
• Warning signs that post land are put there to WARN people about trespassing on someone else’s land…
• We have warning labels on our medicines…
• If you smoke, there is a warning label on the side of your cigarettes…

We are a society that is filled with warning signs… but WHY? Why do we have SO many warning signs in our society? It is to keep us safe… or at least TRY to keep us safe…

Well just like the warning signs that we see today on our roads, on our medicine… and on so many other things in our society… God has posted warning signs along the road of life so that the believer can avoid danger…

In fact, the book of Hebrews is filled with some of these ‘danger signs’… in our passage tonight the writer of Hebrews speaks about negligence in our Christian walk…

• In chapter 3 God warns us about disobedience in our walk with Christ…
• In chapter 5 God warns us about deserting our walk with Christ…
• In chapter 10 God warns us about rebelling against Him and in our walk with Christ…
• In chapter 12 God warns us about worldliness and the dangers that lie in clinging to the world…
• In chapter 12 as well God warns us about our unwillingness to hear and listen to God… about us IGNORING God’s call on your life!

But this morning I want us to look at chapter 2:1-4 where the writer of Hebrews thru the inspiration of the H.S. warns believers about drifting away from God…

And in this 1st warning issued the writer says, …so that we do not drift away… the verb ‘drift’ here is the Greek word  (par-ah-eh-oh) which is a combination of 2 Greek words…  (par-ah) which means from beside or from the side of…And the other Greek word that forms this verb is… (rhe-oh) which means to flow…

Together they form this verb that represents word picture in the mind that seems to be that of allowing the current to carry one away from a fixed point of safety… through carelessness or unconcern…

In other words, we can see that the writer was saying, ‘Because what we have heard is the
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