Friday Focus

Milk or Meat? by Virgil Stripes




Hebrews 5:11-6:3 (ESV)

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.


The author of Hebrews here is encouraging the Jews that are followers of Christ to stop being babies and grow up in the faith. He is also warning about falling away from the faith. But that is for another day...

When I was young — and that was a long time ago — how long depends on whom you ask, I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church does a good job of ensuring the entire Bible is read through in the services, if you attend church regularly, every three years you will hear almost the entire Bible. But it really depends upon the priest to train people to grow in Christ. At that time, they did not really encourage people to do home Bible Studies or small groups.


We do, however, encourage these things. If you are not involved in a small group, or home Bible Study, you should join one. It is important that we Christians grow in Christ. And it is very difficult to do this by ourselves. We are called to community. We are called to fellowship with one another. Christ (through the Apostle Paul) calls us His Body. We need each other.


As it says elsewhere in the Scriptures: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25 (ESV)


To do this, we must know each other. We must spend time together. So get together with other believers. Going to church once per week is good, but most of that time is in worship and listening to the sermon. Adding a weekly Bible Study into your life, will help you get to know other Christians better, and when storms come, you will be able to help others, or get help from others that you know, and who know you.


We have several great Gathering Groups here at The Gathering House. check our listings under the Connect menu to see them. Contact one of the leaders, and try it, You'll like it. Many of the gathering groups have discussions on questions specifically about the sermon each week, so you can take another bite out of it, and chew on it, until it fills you up.

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