Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PREACHING MEAT TO GROW IN FAITH, D Mayfield


"1Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3And this we will do, if God permits." Hebrews 6:1ff.
There is a place for milk and there is a place for the meat. It is true that some Christians never grow and always suck on the milk. This is a grave problem, 1 Cor. 3:1; Heb. 5:12. When listening to much preaching, it seems that too often the milk of the word is the main focus. Now I'm not against preaching and teaching the milk, but the church will not grow to maturity and the fullness of Christ on a steady diet of milk, The primary focus of preaching in the church needs to be meat.

"Leaving the elementary teaching" does not mean forget it and never mention it again. But it means that you have to keep building upon these which are the foundation of the faith. A house can't be completed by using only the "elementary" things which are the first principles we share when making disciples and baptizing them. "Leaving" means that the Sunday sermons will primarily be the things of mature Christian living and teaching doctrine.

If you aren't yet a Christian, you need to know the things of the identity and nature of Jesus Christ. Unless you believe in the Son, you cannot have the Father, 1 Jn 5:12. The Gospel plan of salvation is to believe in Him and confess that you believe He's God's Son, and believing must lead you to penitent belief because He died for your sins so that you would turn to holy living, and upon penitent belief, like Acts 2 and Acts 22, allow yourself be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so that God by His grace might cleanse your conscience and blot out your every sin. Then live faithful and worship Him in spirit and truth. Now that's the elementary things which are the beginning of the Christian life. Now move on to maturity in a life of fervent prayer and serious study of God's Word so that what God has taught you will be put into practice every day.

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