The Road Back – Notes/Study Sheet

(Jas. 5:19:20)

 

Introduction:

   * OT and NT both speak of apostasy. Denominationalists deny such.

      - Hosea 11:7 – Israelites bent to backsliding

      - Deut. 8:11-14 - Remember the Lord and His blessings

      - Ezek 18:26 –

 

I. Bible evidence supporting apostasy.

   * I Cor. 10:12 – Take heed

   * Luke 22:31 – Satan desires to have you (Peter)

   * Acts 8:12-13 – Simon the sorcerer

   * Luke 8:13 – some will fall away

   * John 15:1-6 – some branches pruned and burned

   * Some did fall

      - Judas (Acts 1:25; Jn. 17:12)

      - Other disciples abandoned Jesus (John 6:66)

      - II Tim. 2:16-18

      - Heb. 6:4-6 – some fell back into Judaism

      - Jas. 5:19-20 –

 

II. There is a road back to God.

   * Some are too cold to return, others are lukewarm (Rev. 3:15-16)

 

   * Step 1 – belief

 

 

 

   * Step 2 – repentance

 

 

 

   * Step 3 – confession

 

 

 

      - 3 venues in which to confess

 

 

 

   * How is it that so many who skip church for weeks and months on end simply think they can slip back into a pew

      without a word to the congregation?? Ways to announce their intentions to the church?

 

 

 

   * Step 4 – prayer

 

 

 

III. Conclusion

   * Just because one has been immersed doesn’t mean he or she is living a life of righteousness