TITLE: Why People Give Up
TEXT: Hebrews (entire book)
PROPOSITION: We need to understand why people give up on religion.
KEY WORD: Reasons
READING: Hebrews 2:1-3
1. Statistics show that 50% of those baptized - quit church within 5 years.
2. Studies indicate we are losing about half our children - raised in church.
3. Book of Hebrews addressed this same issue in the early church.
Slowly, over time, so gradual it is not noticed
When you realize it - you are already gone
Unbelief 3:12, 14
Things happen in life - begin to doubt, question
This doubt leads to a) stronger faith; OR b) unbelief
Much sin is the result of boredom.
There is much to do - fields white unto harvest
Grade Bible Courses, hand out tracts, invite others to worship
Set up a Bible study, teach a class – Sunday, Wednesday, VBS
Participate in visitation, plan activities for children, decorate bulletin boards
Slothful = lazy “be not slothful”
Lazy causes others to carry more of the load
Look at busy people and offer to help
Many around to encourage us.
Elijah thought he was all alone - 5,000 prophets
Song - “Ready to Suffer”
Persecution complex - some desire persecution
Misunderstanding God 12:5, 7
We blame God - “Why is God doing (allowing) this?”
It may be - We need straightening out!
God punishes those He loves.
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