Why disciples stagnate
It is easy!
- Why is it easy to drift (or stagnate)
- Who is most at risk of drifting away? Why?
- What are some signs that a Christian may be drifting away?
It is serious!
- Hebrews 12:14 says “Make every effort…to be sanctified: without sanctification no one will see the Lord.” What does this imply about stagnation?
- “Just as new shoes can cause blisters, new life in Christ can bring discomforts.” Discuss this in the light of Hebrews 12:1, “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
- How is the seriousness of drifting indicated? (You may like to refer to the sermon again – the serious outcome & the serious witnesses.)
It is real!
- In the sermon, Peter mentioned some well-known people who had “drifted away”, and in 2 Tim 2:17 Paul mentions some in the New Testament church. Does this surprise you? Why/why not? What can we learn from these examples?
- How can you be sure of your salvation if it is possible to drift away? What does it mean in practical terms for each of us?
9. How would you help a fellow Christian you suspect is drifting?