Text: Hebrews 6:1-8
Have you ever felt sorry for turning down something you never thought would turn out great? Or would turn out worthy more than you thought?
What is your biggest regret?
In the Bible, there are also regrets that occurred:
Mark 10 – The Rich Young Man
Matthew 16:26 – bargaining of soul
But remember, even before we face regression, there are actually warnings. God gave us warnings.
Warnings against falling away
1. Falling away starts when growth ends (V.1)
The moment we stop growing, we start dying. (V.6)
If we don’t grow spiritually, as we should do, then what?
a. Is spiritual Growth really that essential?
b. Is there danger?
Remember one word: Bible
A. We need the Word of God to grow
B. By receiving the Word with humility into our hearts, it can save our souls.
2. It is hard to get back after falling away (v.4-6)
This is actually a warning from turning away.
We may be online with God but we’re invisible. We may be present during church services but out of focus. It is just the physical bodies that are present but the overall, we’re not really putting into our hearts what we hear and listen to.
Note: It’s easy to be a Christian than be a backslider and come back.
If we choose to have a relationship inside the church, be sure that he’ll be for forever. Be careful with the EX-Factor.
The SHAME (v. 6b)
-feeling so condemned
Some can fall away to the point they are beyond rescue! We pursue to reach them out but they choose to turn down our requests.
Still, we can be an instrument, through prayers, encouragements and other means. Impossible?
Mark 10:27 – Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, but not for God; all things are possible for God.”
Question: Who will you choose between a backslider and a non-believer?
A: Choose none. A backslider becomes immune to God’s Word while a non-believer tends to refuse Jesus.
Be aware. Christians can “fall away”.
Galatians 5:4 – You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!
Peter described those who once saved when have fallen away as “worse than the beginning”.
2 Peter 2:20-22 – For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
What if your leader is the one who fell away?
1 Corinthian 11:1 Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.
3. Grow up or burn down (v.7-8)
Choose and decide:
A. Land that drinks in the rain produces a crop that is useful.
B. Land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and in danger of being crushed.
Stop sinning. To those who fall away is close to destruction.
Expel the world. Humble yourself and follow Christ.
If we meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing. But if you meet Jesus and forget Him, you lost everything.
Remind yourself: Never ever let Jesus be “the one that got away.”
Don’t let Jesus be out of your focus. Even more, don’t let yourself be out of Jesus.
Don’t let it and, indeed, never will you regret.
Greatest Sayang #oops
By Ptr Jordan Escusa
August 26, 2012