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"Lest Ye Fall From Your Steadfastness"

“LEST YE FALL FROM YOUR STEADFASTNESS”
II PETER 3:14-18

INTRODUCTION:    


    A.    Fruit bearing is a part of the Christian life; Luke 13:6-9; John 15:2
    B.    Christians must grow in the Lord; Galatians 5:22-23
    C.    Christians who fail to be active will fall from grace; Matthew 25:30
          1.    Many deny this possibility, yet scripture clearly proclaims it 
          2.    A look at what God has to say about falling from grace

  I.    “BEWARE, LEST YE FALL”:  II Peter 3:17
    
    A.    From your steadfastness; I Corinthians 15:58; Hebrews 3:14
    B.    From your first love; Revelation 2:4
          1.    Remember, repent and do; Revelation 2:5
          2.    Be faithful; Revelation 2:10
    C.    From true (sound) doctrine; Revelation 2:20
          1.    John wrote; Revelation 2:23-26
          2.    Paul told the brethren at Galatians; Galatians 1:6-9

 II.    “YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE”:  Galatians 5:4
    
    A.    False teachers and circumcision; Old Testament teaching
          1.    Not included in New Testament practice; Galatians 5:2
2.    Some embracing it and insisting that others do the same; Galatians 5:3-4
    B.    Man-made doctrines and commands; Matthew 15:9
          1.    Vain – with no avail or effect
          2.    They “Draw away with their lips”; Matthew 15:8
          3.    “Ye are fallen”
    C.    Adding to or subtracting from; Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18

III.    SCRIPTURAL WARNINGS:  II Peter 3:17
    
    A.    The brethren at Galatia had “fallen from grace”; Galatians 5:4
    B.    “No other gospel”; Galatians 1:8-9
    C.    Paul asked the Hebrew Christians; Hebrews 2:3
    D.    Peter described those who had gone back to the world; II Peter 2:20-22

CONCLUSION:
    A.    Christians may live in ways that will make them fall; Hebrews 6:4-6
    B.    Let us examine ourselves and serve God acceptably; II Corinthians 13:5