Archive for August 25th, 2008

Friends,

Hello! For those of you who don’t know me from around the comment threads, I’m Joe C!  It’s really great to be helping out here on CRN.info and sharing what God is teaching me in my life with you all.  I appreciate the opportunity Chris L and the other contributors have given me here.  Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”, and this is what I’m truly praying God can accomplish through me by writing for this site. 

Very quickly, a little information about me:  I’m a 20-something Sergeant in the Air Force, stationed in Oklahoma with my wife and 9 month old son.  I lead a Bible Study focused on making disciple-makers (lol) on Friday nights at my house.  I also help lead praise and worship at our local chapel congregation, and I’ll be teaching Sunday school starting in a few weeks.  I’ve probably been a Christian for the least amount of time out of all the contributors on this site (so go easy on me!), and I grew up Atheist.  I was saved when I came in to the military and started attending military chapel services.  Ironically, it was the openness of the worship team at one of the chapels that put me in the position to hear and believe the Gospel.  They allowed me to play piano for them, without even knowing if I was a Christian or not (I wasn’t, really).  Now normally most of us would never allow a non-Christian to play worship music for a Christian worship service, and to this day I have no idea why they allowed me to play for them.  But, it was through playing all of these Christian worship songs, and hearing the Chaplain preach, that I heard the Gospel and came to know Christ as the Savior that He is.  So I thought that could be a quick lesson to teach us all that God uses the most interesting circumstances to reach out to us.  Alright! Well enough about me…

On to the actual purpose found in the title of this post!

You Need Solid Food, Not Milk

 
I’ve overheard and participated in many conversations over the years concerning milk and solid food, as it pertains to the Bible and to Christian living.  Recently the subject has been brought up in a few comment threads here on CRN.info, so I did a Bible study this week on the subject and I’d like to share it with everyone. 

I’ve seen many different positions taken up by godly men and women, so I don’t claim to have the authoritative teaching on the subject.  I’m just trying to share my thoughts from what I’ve seen in Scripture about this subject and also in the natural world which I think reveals a lot about God’s plan for our Christian lives, metaphorically speaking.  If anyone has anything they think I’ve totally jacked up or if anyone has anything to add, please feel free to let me know, and we’ll talk about it.   I’m on the same journey of learning more and more about Christ as anyone else is :)

Hebrews 5: 11-14:
“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 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.”

Looking at this section of Hebrews chapter 5 you can kind of emote with the writer, how many of us have been in this frustrating position before?  Here the writer is speaking about all these deep theological teachings to the “Hebrews”, and then…STOP.  Wait.  Switch gears.  It’s like carrying on a long conversation with someone and then just stopping and saying, “You know what?  I could keep talking but you ain’t getting it pal…”

The writer then breaks in to commenting on how they’re not getting it because despite where they should be, they can’t be there because they’re still just infants in their faith.  They need milk, not the big boy and big girl food.  This is a failure of this church body on all sides, and I’ll get more in to why that is later.  Let’s first define some terms here.

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