Summary: This is the 3rd sermon in the series "Jesus Is Better- The Better Messenger. This is a warning to believers to not drift.

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Series: Jesus Is Better- The Better Messenger [#3]


Hebrews 2:1-4


As my kids are starting their lives apart from home, I remember some of our vacations. I remember going to the ocean a few years ago and I remember that they had a system of signaling swimmers of the condition of the ocean.

 A green flag represented safe conditions.

 A yellow flag represented caution due to heavy waves and noted that swimmers could only go out into “waist deep” waters.

 A blue flag represented the presence of poisonous animals in the water, and you were always at risk of being stung.

 A red flag represented highly dangerous conditions and no one could be in the water.

With this system, comes the responsibility of the swimmers to follow these warnings. If someone was to break these guidelines and injure themselves or lose their life, it would be their own fault for a poor decision. The decision was their decision.

We have found in Hebrews so far that Jesus is better than the Prophets and angels. At this point in Hebrews, the writer stops the theme for a moment to give a very important warning. Our text this morning is that warning in which we all must make our own decisions upon.

Hebrews 2:1-4 (NIV)

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”

I want us to look at the opposite of what we should be doing.

1. How to drift.

The warning given here is for the believer because in verse 1 the word “we” is used 3 times. So how do you drift apart or slip from God’s Word?

If you want to slip in your Christian walk…

 Don’t read God’s Word.

Don’t make time for Bible study. Instead of reading God’s, Word for direction, seek man’s opinion; and if by chance you do read or hear God’s Word don’t apply it to your life.

If you want to slip in your Christian walk…

 Don’t pray.

Why would you waste your time talking to someone you can’t see? Why would you try to build a relationship with someone you can’t see or audibly hear? Instead of praying to God, ask others for direction. If you do pray, just pray for things you want.

If you want to slip in your Christian walk…

 Don’t attend church or serve God faithfully.

Don’t bother coming to church, there are better things to do- After all, everyone at the church is a hypocrite any ways. If you do attend church, don’t get involved in anything. Don’t forget, if you are unhappy about something not going your way at the church; then tell everybody in town the real reason and lie to the people in the church.

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