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Upcoming Events
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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

17

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
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Dog Paddling in the Deep

Dog Paddling in the Deep

Genesis 5:24 –“And Enoch walked with God and God took him and he was not.”

The book of Hebrews is one of the richest and most beautiful books in all of the Bible, but it also one of the more difficult ones to understand.  Puritan theologian and pastor, John Owen said that the Bible “is so shallow that a child can wade in it, but so deep that an elephant can swim in it.”  He is certainly correct but he should have taken it a step further, there are some passages that are so deep a person can drown in, it not for the power of the Holy Spirit.  Hebrews 6 is one of those passages.

It says that “once a person falls away it is impossible for them to be renewed again to repentance.” (Hebrews 6:6) A cursory reading of that would seem to say that a person can lose their salvation.  If that is the case however it becomes a very difficult passage because it says that if a person loses it they can never get it back.  So that certainly cannot be the case, so what does it mean when it says if “a person falls away?”  What does it mean to fall away?

It certainly doesn’t mean to sin on the spur of the moment, because Abraham did that in the Old Testament when he lied about his wife being his sister out of fear.  He was still a person who walked with God.  It doesn’t mean when a person is a sinner by nature because we all are and Paul says, “I am the chief of all sinners.”  Yet he was still justified by faith.  It doesn’t even mean when a person willingly sins because David willingly committed adultery and then murder, and was still a person after God’s own heart.  To fall away doesn’t even mean to deny Jesus, after all Peter did just that, not once but three times.  And he was restored and God used Him to spread the Gospel in the first century world.

So what does it mean to fall away?  Well we walk with the Lord and I would say that we only walk with Him by His power, so if we fall away it is because God has taken His power from us.  A person who is a true follower of Jesus can only fall away, if God takes His hand off of their lives, and for that to happen God would have to violate the covenant that He made with them on the cross.  The covenant that He signed with His own blood.  For a person to truly fall away, God would have to turn His back on them, He would have to violate His covenant, He would have to quit loving them, in short He would have to lie.  And according to the Bible, it is “impossible for God to lie.”  So it truly is impossible for a truly saved person to “fall away”.  After all salvation is the gift of the grace of God, it is nothing that we do on our own. So since we didn’t earn it, there is nothing that we can do to lose it.

We will stumble and we will fall.  But there is a drastic difference in falling and falling away.  The Bible says, “the righteous man may fall 7 times but he still gets up”.  We may fall but through the grace of God we can never fall away.  That is why it is impossible for that kind of person to be renewed to repentance (Hebrews 6:6) because it is impossible for a person to fall away and get to that place.  Not through anything that we do, but only through the amazing grace of Almighty God.

If Paul, the chief of sinners didn’t lose his salvation, and if Abraham who lied in a terrible way out of fear (read that as lack of trust in God) didn’t lose his salvation, and if David who was like Charles Manson in some ways, and a Jerry Springer episode in others (a murderer and an adulterer) didn’t lose his salvation, and if Peter who denied Jesus didn’t lose his, then how could we lose ours.  How could we fall away? We can’t.  The grace of God allows us to walk with Him and that same grace picks us up when we fall, and keeps us from falling away.  Thanks be to God for His amazing grace.