Central Baptist Church
Monday, July 23, 2018

Morning Worship Sermon

 
THE DANGER OF DRIFTING
Hebrews 2:1-4
 
Hebrews 2:1-4 -  "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;  4  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
 
          There are two ways of finding oneself outside a relationship with Christ :
1.  Active rejection -   Hearing the Gospel, Considering the Gospel and then choosing not to believe.
2.  Passively drifting away -  This is the most subtle and dangerous way for everyone.  Simply drifting away from Christ without realizing what has happened.
 
          Listen to me, undoubtly hell is full of people who never actively opposed Jesus Christ, they just simply neglected the Gospel.
          They know the truth.
          They believe the truth.
          They acknowledge its truthfulness and rightness.
          They are well aware of the Good News of Salvation provided in Christ, but they are just not willing to commit their lives to Him.
          So they drift past the call of God into eternal damnation.
 
          Acts 2:1-4 addresses spiritual drifters with stern warnings to which every Christian needs to pay attention.
 
          In chapter 1, Paul, whom I believe to be the author, has established the supremacy of Christ, now he wants his readers to embrace Christ with total commitment - and not drift away.
 
          The threat is not so much that we plunge into disaster, but that we slowly drift into sin.  Very few deliberately turn their back of God - but there are many who day by day drift farther and farther away from God.  We must be on guard daily against the peril of drifting away from Christ.
          The peril of drifting is a great danger :
-  We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance
-  We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom
-  We drift toward superstition and call it faith
-  We cherish the indiscipline of self-control and call it relaxation
-  We slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism
-  We slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated
 
          We have before us a wake-up call about the dangers of spiritual drifting - it is irresponsible, irreversible, and irrational.
 
I.  DRIFTING IS IRRESPONSIBLE
 
Hebrews 2:1a -  "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard...."
 
          As you study Hebrews you will find five crucial warnings - the first being before us in chapter 2 verse 1.
 
          "Therefore" -  Refers to what chapter 1 teaches about the person of Christ.  "Therefore" who Christ is should move us toward Him, not away from Him.
 
          "earnest heed" -  It's not enough to know Jesus is better.  We must give earnest heed to what we know.  Pay the utmost attention to the Gospel of salvation.  Not to do so puts us into the danger of drifting.
 
          God has spoken the last word through His Son Jesus Christ.
          Salvation has now been offered to man.
          Man can now become acceptable to God and live Him eternally.
          Man can now live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.
          Man can now conquer the trials, temptations, bondages, enslavements, sin, and death of this world.
 
          But we must give earnest heed to the Gospel of salvation or else we will slip away from the truths of salvation.
 
          "slip" -      To flow past
                             To glide past               
 
It is a picture of :
-  a ring slipping off the finger
-  some truth slipping out of the mind and being forgotten
-  some liquid in a container that has leaked out and gone away
 
          It can also mean to drift by or drift past.   It's the picture of a ship drifting past the harbor.  It drifts by because of the captain's miscalculation, carelessness, complacency, and sleepiness.
 
          We must all anchor our lives in the truths of salvation.
          We must earnestly heed them.
 
          We drift for two reasons :
 
1.  Presumption
          We think someone else is going to do what is our responsibility.
          God has already taken the initiative when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ into the world.
          He took the initiative when He sent the Holy Spirit to take the things of Christ and show them to us.
 
          Listen, if God cannot disturb us, He cannot move us.
          If He cannot move us, He cannot save us.
          If He cannot get us concerned about the things of God, He cannot do anything at all for us.
 
          When we do not give serious attention, it is as if Christ had not come into the world and died for mankind.  He might as well not have come and died for us to neglect all that is meant by His coming and dying.
 
2.  Preoccupation Causes Us To Drift
          We simply get too busy and we allow a lot of things to compete for our time, attention, and affection.
          You don't have to do anything to become a drifter, but to not become a drifter, you do have to do something.
          You have to stay preoccupied with spiritual things.
          Remember - it's not God or the Bible that drifts away, it's us.
 
II.  DRIFTING IS IRREVERSIBLE
 
Hebrews 2:2-3a -  "For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;...."
 
          There is a law of retribution in Scripture that says :
 
Matthew 11:23-24 -  "And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works,    which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24  But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee."
 
Luke 12:47-48 -  "And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have  committed much, of him they will ask the more."
 
          Think how much knowledge our world has today.  We are awash in knowledge and resources, yet our spiritual strength is nowhere indicative of all we have been given.
          To have access to the Bible and Jesus Christ, and not avail oneself of it will produce painful memories in eternity.
 
          We have been given "so great salvation" in Christ.  It's cost was great and it's benefits are great.
 
          Think of all the evil and sin in the world :
lying                    immorality                    pain
cheating               adultery                         disease
stealing                obscenities                    accidents
killing                  dirt                                suffering
acts of terror       filth                               slaughter
broken homes     war                                hurt
 
          That is only to mention a few!
 
          This is what makes salvation so great!
          This is what salvation is :
 
1.  Salvation is deliverance from all the evil and suffering and death of this world.  It is being delivered from the corruption of this world.
 
2.  Salvation saves us for God and delivers us to God.  Salvation makes us acceptable to God and it gives us eternal life.
 
3.  Salvation gives us a new heaven and new earth, a perfect place in which to live and work forever.
 
4.  Salvation is to have reward heaped upon reward.  It will be a glorious life of serving and worshipping God for all eternity.
 
5.  But listen to me, Salvation gives you much more, it gives you a Savior, the Son of God Himself.  It gives us a Savior who loves us so much He died for us.  It gives us a Savior we can love and serve.  A Savior to whom we can commit our lives and loyalty to.
 
          To neglect this "great salvation" how shall we escape?
 
          We cannot!
          It's cost was great and it's benefits are great.
 
          If you drift past the harbor of salvation, there is no other port into which you can turn.
 
          It is Christ or nothing.
          Such drifting is irreversible.
 
III.  DRIFTING IS IRRATIONAL
 
Hebrews 2:3b-4 -  "....which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
 
          Drifting is totally irrational.
          Given the implications, why would anyone allow themselves to drift from devotion to Christ?
 
1.  It dismisses the message of the Lord Himself
 
Hebrews 2:3b -  "....which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,"
 
          Jesus was the first Gospel preacher!
 
2.  It disregards the men who heard the Lord
 
Hebrews 2:3c -  "....and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;"
 
          To drift away from the message of the Gospel is to disregard the sacrifices and ministries of those who gave their lives to bring us the Word of Christ.
 
3.  It disbelieves the miracles of God
 
Hebrews 2:4 -  "God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
 
          To miss salvation in Christ is to miss it altogether.
 
Acts 4:12 -  "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
 
          Going to Church is not enough.
          Giving your money is not enough.
          Doing good is not enough.
 
          I encourage you today, make sure you have not bypassed Jesus, or drifted away from Him.