Warning Signs | Don't Reject Christ, Day 2
In the church, we have a responsibility to encourage each other to firmly hold to Jesus.
VERSE OF THE DAY
'For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. ' Hebrews 3:4
What are some warning signs that you typically see every day?
What warning signs do you wish were in place for your spiritual journey with Christ?
How would you want those warning signs delivered or displayed?
There are warning signs everywhere to the point we will often overlook or ignore them.
We need warning signs, just like we need stop signs, or construction zone signs, to set boundaries and instructions for our lives.
We need to be careful not to let the tests of life harden our hearts toward God, and instead remain devoted to Christ through all the twists and turns of life.
We have a responsibility to warn and encourage one another daily to better heed God’s warnings.
Read Hebrews 3:7-11
'Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” ' Hebrews 3:7-11
Think about the biblical examples that pointed to the Israelites’ constant rebellion. How do these incidents compare to ways believers today might display a faltering faith?
The Israelites were guilty of constantly complaining about God, His provisions, and His supremacy over their lives. This is often the case for believers today who begin to drift from God.
There is a difference between persistent disobedience and occasional stumbling in your daily walk with Christ.
Persistent disobedience is intentionally disobeying, leading to a habit of disobedience and a hardened heart
Occasional stumbling is unintentional and leads to repentance and a stronger faith
In fixing our thoughts on Christ we are realigning our heart to Him and helping to persevere in times of testing and difficulty.
When God tests us, we should respond in faithful obedience, allowing them to strengthen our faith and relationship with Christ, rather than testing God and drifting away from Him in return.
Believers should hold to their courage that is found through obedience in Christ and leads us into faithfulness toward Him in all times.
All Scripture is from God, therefore all Christian's have a responsibility to obey all Scripture and the guidance it provides
In order to adhere to this responsibility we must avoid disobedient habits that will undoubtedly lead to hardened hearts toward Christ, causing us to drift and reject Him and His gift of Salvation.
How do the struggles with commitment in our era compare to those of our parents, grandparents, and other ancestors? What is the same? What is different?
How can knowing about the past affect the present and the future? How does the past shape our future?
Every generation has its own temptations, but every generation faces temptation
We live in a culture of instant gratification, but this is not new.
All generations have dealt with this attitude, as we plainly see through all generations in Scripture.
We also see that God does not work on our time table, nor does He exist to please us, but instead we exist to serve Him.
Remembering that history proves this time and again will help us fight this instant gratification temptation and wait patiently for the Lord, living obediently to His will
Read Hebrews 3:12
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12 ESV
What is the connection between departing (falling away) and unbelieving? What are potential consequences of either?
Unbelieving leads to a departure from God;
Departing from God is to drift from Him, rejecting Him, His superiority, salvation, and instructions for your life
When our hearts are hardened, leading to unbelief, we begin to drift from Him into disobedience, and rather than clinging to Him we become separated from Him, His blessings, and His rest.
We must cling to His promises and take salvation seriously so that we do not depart into unbelief and miss out on His blessings and rest
What are some “seeds of doubt” Satan throws at believers in times of hardship?
What helps a believer keep growing in faith and able to resist those temptations?
Spending time in God’s Word with your heart open to hearing from God and learning more about Him, His promises and instructions for you, with the intention to apply them to yourself is an essential way to fight off the temptation of doubt and discern when Satan is trying lead you away from God
Prayer, fellowship, and encouraging one another in the Word of God and Ways of Christ are further responsibilities we have to help us remain faithful
We need to be careful that our focus does not drift to non-eternal issues that deceive us into neglecting our salvation in Christ
If you were to personally receive this warning in a letter, how would you respond?
Read Hebrews 3:13-15
'But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” ' Hebrews 3:13-15
What is the importance of ongoing, constant, encouraging fellowship?
We are not just called to fellowship when we feel like it, on occasion, when it is convenient. We are called to fellowship daily in order to help each other grow in faith, grow closer to God, and become better examples of Christ every day
Satan is deceptive and will attack us constantly in order to pull us away from fellowship with fellow believers, and make us believe we are alone, we’re the only one struggling, no one could understand, etc - but these are all lies and the truth can be found when we lean into Christ and the relationships He calls us to have with His people
Christians grow better through fellowship with each other
How can our understanding of a relationship with Christ serve as a source of encouragement to remain faithful for the long run?
Knowing that Christ is always faithful to us should be an encouragement that through His strength we too can remain faithful, no matter how hard it gets
As we learn more about Christ, our faith in Him grows and He becomes an anchor for us in every storm and circumstance we face
How does your relationship with Christ encourage you daily?
What is one way your relationship with other believers helps strengthen your faith in Christ?
How is Christ an example for your personal relationships with others?
Pray today for perseverance for your group. Ask the Lord to help you see the urgency of obedience and your responsibility for helping one another.