Pay Closer Attention
Word of God Is Unalterable
The Greatness of Salvation
Lauren, 15 months old, going out door and down hill in yard
People lose track of responsibilities
Forget about that big project until the night before
Forget to pay the light bill, pick up the cleaners
Inspection at work, write the bulletin article
Forget about new year’s resolutions
Lose track of new diet, exercise
Forget to take your medicine
Drift away from friends, relationships
Some drift away from church, from faith, from Christ
I. V. 1 For this reason – Jesus Is Better Than the Angels
A. Jesus is the most important thing that ever happened
1. Most important person in every life
B. Creator became human V. 2
1. Jn 1:1–5
2. Better than anything that has ever happened in the history of man
C. Heir of all things v. 2
1. Jn 1:12–14
2. Jn 1:16–18
D. Point: you better pay attention
II. Causes of Drifting – Floating Away from Anchor
A. 2:1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.
1. Dt 8:12–14
2. Ho 13:6 As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.
1. Heb 10:32–39
2. Ga 6:12 Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
3. 2 Ti 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
1. Heb 12:11-13
E. Drifting is easy – You better pay attention
III. Examine Your Spiritual Commitment to God
A. Strengthen with three things
1. Reading word – start small
2. Prayer – ask God for help
3. Close relationship with strong Christians
a. Discuss your struggles and fears
B. What if entire congregation paid close attention all the time?