“We have a job to do”
In our church, we have a job to do; making disciples and teaching them in accordance to Jesus in Matthew 28:19, 20. The real question is, what do we teach and how important is it? I refer you to an old friend of mine, Jude:
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
There are 2 things I want you to get out of this; there is a certain set of beliefs that we are to accept, and that we must strive to diligently preserve them. Why? Because Jude warns about encroaching heresy. So let me parse these two points:
Point #1- Christianity is defined by a certain closed set of beliefs. The entirety of what the Church is built on has been defined and delivered to her through a limited and defined set of truths. This is why we have Scripture. Scripture is the holy language of God to man through His chosen vessels. These truths are delivered, closed and complete. All that God has to say has already been said and we have these truths ourselves contained within the Bible. What that means is that there will be no further revelation, or as the old hymn declares, “What more can He say, than to you He has said”? It has been said, we have it in written form. This also means this set of beliefs is solid, it will not evolve nor adapt. Now, I can hear someone saying right now, “But if that is true, why are there so many different interpretations of those beliefs”? Indeed that is a perplexing question, but having two differing interpretations of something does not negate the truthfulness of it, no more than two people can take a surface temperature reading of the sun that differ and claim the sun isn’t hot. We have rock solid, unchanging and unbending truth that has been spelled out to us which compose our entire belief system (about God, Jesus, Salvation, Man, the Holy Spirit, etc).
Point #2-Now most of us can give a hearty amen to that, but the second proposition is important to everyone of us. These truths have been delivered “once and for all”. But that delivery is not complete. These truths have been in the process of delivery for centuries, all the way back to the ascension of Christ. Each generation has been involved in the process of delivery. Some have done well, others not so much. But make no mistake, the job is serious. Every person who stands to preach, to teach, to give a devotion, to pray out loud, to lead or sing music, to in anyway communicate God and his word, has a somber obligation to transmit this truth with integrity (keeping it whole). This is why James warns us in James 3:1 that those who teach should be doubly careful, because teachers will be judged more strictly. To put this way, take serious heed to how diligent we are to make sure all we do line up with the truth of Scripture. Never throw something together or assume something is better than nothing. Our act of worship is hard work and faithfulness
We who do any of the aforementioned things will do 1 of 2 things with “The Faith” we’ve been entrusted with. We will either preserve it for the next generation, or distort it. There is no third option.
In other words, let us take if very serious. If you want to know why, please read the survey and report below.