The Danger of Spiritual Drift

Hebrews 2:1-4 | Sermon Resources | 1 October 2023

Sermon Summary

In the sermon this week Pastor Billy comes to the first of five “warning passages” in the book of Hebrews. We will consider the very real danger of spiritual drift, how it happens, and what can be done about it.

Discussion Questions

  1. How would you define the issue of spiritual drift? How is spiritual drift similar to but also different from open rebellion? Why is spiritual drift a particularly dangerous issue? 
  2. To what extent have you witnessed or experienced spiritual drift in your own life? (Be careful if you share a story about someone else.)
  3. Recent surveys have found a precipitous decline in the number of people attending church in the United States. What do you think might be some factors that have led to this decline? How should we as believers think about this trend? How does this passage address the issue?  
  4. Have someone look up the lyrics to the hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing and read the fourth verse that begins “Oh, to grace how great a debtor…” Why do you think it important to acknowledge (and even sing about) the tendency of our heart to wander away from God?  
  5. In the sermon Pastor Billy made the case that we drift away (v.1) when we neglect (v.3) our great salvation. He identified 3 ways we might neglect our salvation:
    • When we seek to move beyond the gospel.
    • When we seek to replace the gospel.
    • When we forget the gospel.
      Which of these most hits home for you? How so?
  6. What according to this passage can be done to address the issue of spiritual drift?
  7. Practically speaking how can you “pay much closer attention to what we have heard”? What might that look like for you? For your family?
  8. What next step might God be calling you to take as you work out the truth of this passage in your life?


“Christians who are no longer sure that God loves and accepts them in Jesus, apart from their present spiritual achievements, are subconsciously radically insecure persons.”

– Richard Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, (p.212)

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