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coffee talk with Drew and Fred ::02::

October 20, 2008

it’s interesting how conversations go. we started off talking about what unChristian had to say about spinning and selling faith, and ended up on what this post is about. (we’ll have the rest of the discussion in a post soon.)

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.  Hebrews 5.12-6.3

so where is the line when we graduate from milk to solid food? i think most people in our churches would say that when you reach the trifecta of showing up to church every Sunday, reading your Bible and praying, you’ve not only gotten away from milk, you’re eating at the buffet.

but is that the solid food that the author of Hebrews was referring to? doesn’t there have to be more than that? would Jesus have called us to that?

and how did we get to this point anyway? it seems pretty clear that those three things would be the bare minimum in the New Testament church. so why is it, that even those who have been Christians for years, see this as far as they need to go in their faith? and how can we change that view for the students that are coming out of our ministries?

or am i misguided and need to see it differently? let’s talk about it. join Drew and Fred’s discussion in the comments section.

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