Throw Back Theology–Get Back to the Basics!

Posted: September 19, 2015 in Christianity, God, Jesus Christ, religion
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As the summer is winding down and we are moving full steam to the last quarter of the year 2015, the perceptive mind will reveal that now is the time of “back to.” For many students in the United States and in other parts of the world, August and September marks the dreaded end of summer break and the time of going “back to” school; for many on holiday, now is the time of going “back to” work; even this Sunday September 20th, 2015 marks the annual return of what has been dubbed as “Back to Church Sunday,” where churches across the nation make a concerted effort to draw those who have strayed away from or who do not know about the Christian faith into their open doors.
Yet, as I took an excellent course on biblical theology over this summer with Dr. Louis A. DeCaro Jr., I was reminded that in sharing our Christian faith we have to sometimes follow this “back to” theme. We have to look back in order to continue to progress forward. We have to be intentional about going “back to the basics!” So often we teach and preach the Gospel assuming that our audience understands common Christian terms and concepts. We throw out terms like grace, deliverance and redemption freely. Do people really, especially those new or early in the Christian faith, know what they mean? Do people even know what the Gospel is? Do people understand what the term means when we say it?
It’s time to get “back to basics!”

We share the truth that Jesus died as a living sacrifice for our sins so that we would have everlasting life and be restored in right standing with God. How many truly grasp and understand this concept? Has anyone taken the time to really explain the core meaning of salvation and the magnitude of its implications? Or are people left with unanswered questions like what is sin? What do I need to be saved from? Who cares if Jesus died—doesn’t every religion lead to God?
Beloved it’s time to revert “back to basics!”

How many people attend church week after week out of duty, ritual or family tradition, but have no true understanding of what we teach? How many Christians have a robotic connection with God, just going through the motions, while lacking a richly authentic and fulfilling relationship with the Creator? How many people fall away from the Christian faith when trials come because they were never properly anchored in the first place?
People of God we must heed the call to get back to the true foundation—we must run “back to the basics!”

So often we look to the Bible as an anecdote for life’s problems, a guide book of how to live, for encouragement and hope. Sure the Bible tells of us man’s origin, what the end will look like and insight into the character and nature of God. It gives us wisdom on a vast array of subjects including relationships, morality and social justice. No one can deny that the Bible is a strategic map to living your best life, the blueprint to understanding God and His ways and is the Word and declaration of God. Yes! The Bible is and does all of these things!

But despite all of these themes, Biblical Theology emphasizes that the primary theme or core concept of the Bible is that it is God’s story of love for what He created and how from a posture of love, He intentionally worked to save His creation (yes that includes you!). The Bible is the powerful and inspiring documentation of how God simply saved. Saved intentionally, step by-and-step and with unfathomable love.

Now despite all I have said, I realize that depending on the audience it is not always necessary to explain every basic concept when preaching or teaching on a large scale. It is assumed certain concepts are understood as people are more mature Christians. Of course, it is sometimes appropriate to focus on specific themes like victory, breakthrough, hope, faith, anointing, etc. as the Holy Spirit directs us. And small groups like Bible studies and other focused meetings are designed to teach and elaborate on the basics of Christianity especially for new believers. But especially when evangelizing (sharing with others about our Christian faith) and every now and again even from the pulpit, we must take the time to teach the simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the story of redemption.

Journey with me over the next few posts, as the Lord leads, as I attempt to just simply share what I have learned and understand about the Gospel and God’s story of redemption (will even explain this word in later posts). I humbly don’t profess to have every answer nor am I trying to do a comprehensive teaching about Christianity. But simply based on my own experiences and the teachings that I have accepted from a variety of sources on my Christian walk, I will share what I understand at this point to be the truth…..my truth. Please feel free to comment, correct or share your own understanding and experiences as we go along. If you can bring insight into a certain topic, please share. My prayer is that someone will be drawn to Jesus Christ, others will get further understanding of who He is and we will all be reminded, even those who know Him, that God indeed loves us with an unapolegtic, everlasting love!

A firm and basic foundation will always lift you higher….and yet still I rise.
With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,
Stillirise323

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