“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 6:1-3
Just last week, Hope Christian Academy opened its doors for this school year. We have a variety of age groups at the school and each one is at a different level of learning. Among those age groups are the very young who are just now learning the elementary facts of addition and subtraction. These, of course, are basic to all other math skills one will need in life. These foundations must be laid.
However, it would be a bit strange – in fact, the school would be brought into question – if our high school students were still studying the principles of addition and subtraction. Unfortunately, we often do this as Christians, we hang on to the elementary things of the faith and fail to move on to the deeper things. Here, the writer of Hebrews says that repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, the resurrection, and the judgment are all “elementary”. That is, these are all the foundational principles of the Christian faith. This Scripture indicates that once we have learned these things we need to move forward – there is so much more to learn! It is important to have the foundational things in place or else we can’t go on, but once we do have the foundational things we must go on.
Let’s go back to the high school student studying basic principles of math. If the student had been studying the same things for that many years, you can be sure that he or she would be beyond bored, he or she would be entirely disinterested. On the other hand that student may feel like a master of math and that they know all there is to know about math. Again, this happens in the faith as well. Some people who stay on the primary things eventually become disinterested in the faith or they begin to believe that they have everything figured out and they become arrogant and complacent.
Therefore, check yourself today and examine you’re attitude. Are you disinterested in the faith, do you think that you know all there is to know, or are you learning and growing and deepening you soul?