Posted by: pastortomvabeach | September 4, 2012

Thought for the Week September 9, 2012

Last week I mentioned that we began to teach the “elementary principles of Christ” in May and that was only partly correct. We did begin teaching these things on Sundays in our worship meetings, but we predated that in my weekly “thought” by about three months. I actually began writing about this in mid-February. At that time I wrote we would spend a few weeks (or maybe more) discussing these principles. It kind of grew in to a lot more!

At any rate, last week we finished the last installment talking about eternal judgment. Can I ask for some feedback now? If you are a regular reader, if you have listened to the Sunday teachings, and maybe if you have discussed these principles in a Life Group, has it influenced your walk with the Lord any? What have you gained or gleaned from this series?

My hope, at the beginning, was that this series would help to get the Scriptural foundation laid in all of our lives so that we could “go on to perfection” (Hebrews 6:1). This does not mean we become perfect needing no further adjustments but that we go on to maturity or continue to grow. One of the marks of that maturity is what the writer mentioned in the closing verses of Hebrews 5.

He implies that a firm grasp of the “elementary principles” will enable us to begin to “teach” or to influence others who need Christ and need the foundational principles in their lives. He also implies that after the foundation is laid, we will dig deeper into God’s truth and start feeding on some solid food which will help us to be better prepared to live out our faith by being able to distinguish between what is good and what is evil. The implication of that must be that we would also choose the good rather than the evil to govern our actions.

Here’s what we need to ask ourselves. Am I still waiting for someone else to feed me? Do I only get nourishment from God’s Word after someone else has digested it and prepared it for me in a sermon, CD, podcast, book, etc.? Or have I become “skilled” enough in the “word of righteousness” (Hebrews 5:13), that I can read, study, understand, and apply the Word myself?

Don’t get me wrong. I believe that it’s good and necessary for us to listen to biblical preaching, teaching, and strong theological discussions. These open our own thought processes and help us to be motivated to study and internalize the truth. I think the issue may be whether we always and only let someone else do all the work or do we take what we hear and work through it so that it really takes hold of our hearts and becomes our own “by reason of use have their senses exercised” (Hebrews 5:14).

How much are you exercising your senses and using the Word yourself. Please let me know if these writings have helped or motivated you in any way. My goal this year was to provide teaching that would help us all grow. I think it has helped me just because I’ve had to think through all of these things many times to write, preach, create Life Group lessons, and then think how I apply it for our discussions in the Life Group. What about you? Just a thought

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