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Summary: Some fail to hang on when they start to church

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WHY PEOPLE FAIL AS CHRISTIANS

1. 1 Peter 3:21

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

2. 1 Peter 4:1

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

(1) Because they are forgetful hearers

James 1: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

(2)Because they will not consider

James 1: 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

(3) By yielding to the world

1st John 2: 15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

(4) By sudden temptation

Gal. 6: 1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

(5) By failing to watch

Matt.26: 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

(6) By inattention

2Peter 1: 10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

(7) By neglecting duty

James 4: 17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.


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