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Summary: To show that we need to stop laying the foundation of basic elementary teachings of faith and move toward completeness.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you mature in the faith?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we need to stop laying the foundation of basic elementary teachings of faith and move toward completeness.

IV. TEXT:

Hebrews 6:1 (Amplified Bible)

6:1 THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God,

V. THESIS:

I am perfect and complete in CHRIST. CHRIST laid the foundation, I won't do it all over again.

VI. TITLE:

Get Past The Elementary Stage

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70

B. Style of writing: Best Greek style

C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos

D. Audience: Hebrew Christians

E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible

F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

G. Keyword: better

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Advance steadily toward the completenes and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity

"THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity."

Hebrews 5:12-14 (Amplified Bible)

5:12 For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food.

5:13 For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]!

5:14 But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.

B. Don't lay again the foundation of repentance, abandonment of dead works and of the faith to GOD

"Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God,"

Let's not lay down again or repeat the following:

1. foundation of repentance

2. abandonment of dead works

3. foundation of faith to GOD

Foundation of repentance:

Isaiah 55:6-7 (Amplified Bible)

55:6 Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.

55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.


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