The Trouble with Turning Away from Jesus

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “The Trouble with Turning Away from Jesus” from Hebrews 10:26-31.

Hebrews 10:26-31 (ESV)

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

We need to understand the danger of turning away from Jesus?

  • We need to understand what kind of person turns away.
  • We need to understand that this is a sin against the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    • Such a person tramples underfoot the Son of God.
    • Such a one outrages the Spirit of Grace.
    • Such a person tempts the wrath of a Holy God.
  • We need to understand the penalty of turning away from Jesus.
    • Such a one has no sacrifice for his sins.
    • Such a one only has a fearful expectation of judgment.
    • Such a one faces the furious consuming fire of God against his adversaries.
    • Such a one will face retributive justice.
    • Such a person will fall into the hands of the living God.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What are the consequences for disobeying your parents?
  • When we turn away from Jesus, who are we sinning against?
  • Why is God not pleased with us when we sin against Him?
  • What does God say is the penalty for anyone who turns away from Jesus?