Summary: To be a mature Christian is to grab onto the elementary teachings of Christ. Can and will you do it?
Elementary, my dear Watson
Hebrews chapter 6:1-6:12
One of the most famous lines of Sherlock Holmes is “Elementary, my dear Watson” and yet it was never said by Sherlock Holmes.
The author of the fictional character Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote it.
The producer of the movie “The crooked man” took two separate conversations and put them together.
I have the advantage of knowing your habits my dear Watson.
In an exchange of conversation, Sherlock agreed and said Elementary.
This morning, I want to put together two passages that combined are a continuous sermon from last week.
Combining the passages from last week that show us what believers are offered by God so they can live the lives that God desires for us, and the elementary teachings we take right out of the Scripture of our text this morning.
Hebrews chapter 6:1-6:12
Remember last week, we looked at living Pentecost-
Christ at the cross providing a way of salvation and leaving this earth physically so that the Comforter, The Holy Spirit can come to empower, equip, encourage, and fulfill all of God’s promises in our life.
We saw that the unbeliever can experience the drawing of God to come to a faith in Christ but the promise of the power of the Holy Spirit working in a person’s life is promised to believers.
Believers can live the promised life and have more than just knowing God; they can experience the power of God in their life.
The purpose of Pentecost was for believers to be empowered, to evangelize the world, and for believers to come to maturity.
From the text, we see that there are certain elementary teachings that are essential for all believers to understand.
Importance of faith
Foolishness of being saved by works, but understanding that God desires us to be active for the Kingdom.
Meaning of spiritual gifts, baptism and what eternity holds for both believers and non-believers.
To go to maturity- is to understand that we move beyond but not away from the elementary teachings of God.
Let me explain.
Believers need to understand the basics of Christianity, but go deeper “meat” of the Word.
The author of Hebrews desires Christians to go deeper and get into the meat of the Word.
Mature Christians should be teaching new believers the basics while they are going deeper in the Word themselves.
“Therefore, let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go onto maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lend to death, and of the faith.”
We all need a foundation- it has to be a foundation built on Christ, but where most lack and live below where God desires for them is they never build on the foundation.
It stays at the beginning stage. Milk but never any meat of the Word.
Do you understand that when you say I believe, when you told God that you wanted to be a follower of Christ, those were significant words promised to God.
By saying that you believe
You declare that you are not an Atheist. You are one that believes in God.
You declare that you are not an Agnostic- You know that God exists because you have and desire a personal relationship with God.
You are not a nature worshipper like a Hindu.
You are not a worshipper of dead people like Buddha and Confucius.
When you profess in a living God, you’re saying there are not many gods, but only one true God. “You are Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
When you say I believe- you are professing a personal faith, not inherited, and not forced, personal confession of faith.
When you say that I believe in Jesus- that you are putting your faith and trust is in Jesus alone.
My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness.
No Satanic worship
No individual preachers ……………..Jesus Christ!
That is fundamental Christian teachings!
That is elementary teachings!
That is the milk of His Word.
That is the foundation that Jesus Christ desires to build on rather than redo, rethink, rehearse, re-examining your faith everyday.
That is the foundation that He wants each one of us to be Rock Solid about. (Amen.)
You want to go deeper with God, that is the starting point not an ending point.
There is so much more that God wants for you.
That is what the apostle and the disciples took into the Upper Room with them, but when the Holy Spirit came upon them, it was so much more that evangelism exploded and believers began living out their faith and willing to die for their faith rather than just be satisfied with a dead faith.
Tim Hansel from his book “Holy Sweat” tells a story about a close friend going back to his 40th class reunion. For months he saved so that he and his wife could go back to his high school he left. The closer the time came for the reunion, the more excited he became, thinking of all the wonderful stories he would hear about the changes his friends had made. He wondered if any encountered Christ like he has done, and what kind of jobs that they had. His friend had taken him to the airport and he could hardly contain himself with excitement. The same friend that dropped him off had picked him up and the look was so much different. He almost did not want to ask his friend how was the reunion? It was one of the saddest experiences of my life! It wasn’t what happen but what did not happen. It has been 40 years and they did not change! They simply gained weight, changed clothes, but nobody changed. There was a long silence, I never, never want that to be said of me, life is too precious, too sacred. If I ever get stagnant like that, give me a swift kick where I need it. Love me enough to keep growing!