Take Heed Lest Ye Fall – Lesson Notes





* Apostasy is the abandonment of something once believed. There is a potential for it:

            Hosea 11:7

            Deut. 8:11-14

            Ezek. 18:26

            I Cor. 10 contains examples of apostasy in the Old Testament


* It is possible to fall:

            Luke 8:13

            John 15:1-6


*Some did fall:

            Judas - Acts 1:25; Jn. 17:12

            Other disciples – Jn. 6:66

            Hymenaeus and Philetus erred and overthrew the faith of others - II Tim. 2:16-18

            Some forsook Christianity and reverted to Judaism, thus falling away - Heb. 6:4-6


*It’s possible to prevent falling:

            We can fall and must take heed - I Cor. 10:12; Heb. 3:12; Col. 2:8

            Remain in the faith - II Pet. 1:5-11; Jude 20-21


*A person can be restored from apostasy

            Repent – Acts 8:22; Jas. 5:19-20


*Some fall because of persecution

            Parable of the sower/rocky soil – Matt. 13:21

            Don’t count the cost – Luke 14:28

            Can’t handle persecution – II Tim. 3:12

            Persecution can build character (Jas. 1:2-4; I Pet. 1:6-7) or identify weakness for

            Satan to exploit 


*Some fall when they become the victim of natural disaster

            World cursed by evil effects of sin - Gen. 3:16; Rom. 5:12

            Christianity not a “magic shield” to protect us from life’s experiences

            Paul was not exempt from hardship - Acts 27; II Cor. 11:25-27


*Many apostatize out of neglect

            We’ll suffer God’s wrath if we neglect salvation – Heb. 2:3

            Babes in Christ need growth and maturity - I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18

            Faithful church service attendance necessary – Heb. 10:24-25

            Sever harmful ties w/the world - I Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:11

            Develop personal study habits - II Tim. 2:15; Psa. 1:2

            Be involved in converting others – John 15:1; Romans 7:4



*Cares and riches are the downfall of others

            Productivity can be choked out by the thorns of care of the world, deceitfulness of

            riches, & pleasures of this life – Luke 8:14

            Even poverty can be a temptation – Prov. 30:8; God will provide - Matt. 6:24-33

            Greed is a problem – Luke 12:16-21

            Love of money leads many from the faith – I Tim. 6:10

            Some never break away from worldly evil – Rom. 12:2; II Peter 2:20-22

            Demas – II Tim. 4:10; Col. 4:14


*Some drawn away by false teaching

            False prophets – I Jn. 4:1

            People turn to fables – II Tim. 4:4

            Be careful how you hear – Luke 8:18

            Compare what you hear w/the Bible – Acts 17:11

            Sadducees erred due to ignorance of the word – Matt. 22:29

   Less scrupulous reasons:

            Some propagate false teaching to draw a crowd – Acts 20:30

            Using Godliness for gain – I Tim. 6:5; II Peter 2:1

            Declare the Lord’s church just another denomination/deny its uniqueness – Eph

4:4; Col. 1:18


*Others have an unrealistic view of conversion

            Obeying the Gospel (I Pet. 4:17) makes one a newborn in Christ (I Pet. 2:2)

            Must grow spiritually – II Pet. 3:18, Eph. 4:13

            Even great men of God made mistakes: Peter – Matt. 26:70, Moses – Num.



*Some fall due to lack of Christian association

            Becoming a Christian may cost friendships – Matt. 10:34; Eph. 5:11; I Cor. 15:33

            **Make Christian friends!** Mature Christians - show love and concern for new



* Some apostatize because of the harsh treatment at the hands of crude brethren

            Rebellious, hypocritical brethren ought to be opposed! – Rom. 16:17; Titus 3:10

            The erring Christian must be lovingly restored – Gal. 6:1; Prov. 17:10

            Correction stems from love – Prov. 3:11-12. When well received, bears peaceable

            fruit – Heb. 12:11


*Some never learn to deal with church difficulties

            There will be difficulties in the kingdom/parable of the tares – Matt. 13

            Paul had enemies in the church (II Cor. 11:26) but didn’t turn on the brotherhood


*Some fall because of misplaced confidence

            It’s hard when we’re disappointed by one we respect and esteem – Prov. 25:19

            Be careful whom you idolize and idealize

            Any of us can fall if we don’t “take heed” – I Cor. 10:12