Backsliding takes a person in the opposite direction to perseverance. So, "if you do not backslide" is the negative side of "if you continue in the faith..." This study looks briefly at what backsliding is, how it arises, what its symptoms are, what its effects are, and how it can be prevented.
Great Sermon! This sermon really spoke to me. Thank you for your gentle delivery and sincerity, and for your practical advice. I have been struggling for years, progressively falling away. I have always known that I am the problem and that God is still here with me but I just can't feel my way out of my apathy. Your words helped me remember that I can not get out of this pit on my own power and that if I ask Him to forgive me and to give me back my joy, He is faithful. Thank you.