eBook: The Elementary Doctrines
JUST AS WE ALL BEGIN OUR NATURAL LIVES AS INFANTS AND PROGRESS TO MATURITY, SO DO ALL BELIEVERS BEGIN THEIR WALKS WITH CHRIST AS INFANTS WHO ARE NEWLY BORN AGAIN, BUT WHOM GOD INTENDS TO FORGE INTO MATURE REPRESENTATIONS OF HIS BEING.
Yet the basic doctrinal Christian message has mostly ignored the need for maturity in individual believers, leaving scores of church members in perpetual infancy and the Church as a whole divided into denominations each focused on their own doctrinal emphases.
Scripture, on the other hand, identifies certain aspects of one’s spiritual education that form the foundation of maturity for all believers: “repentance from acts that lead to death, and…faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” (Hebrews 6:1b–2 NIV). These are known as the Elementary Doctrines.
These concepts are not a set of distinctive doctrines relating to group membership. They are cultural imperatives for the path to maturity in the Kingdom of Heaven. Choosing to walk this path may begin with studying the matters presented in this text. The process itself, however, involves the regular observation and daily practice of these Elementary Doctrines. This is the process Christ uses, in many different forms, to reshape any willing believer’s way of life, so that the individual may progress toward his or her mature representation of God’s being in the earth.