What I Read Today;

Hebrews 4; Acts 2; Jeremiah 1-2; Psalm 91; Joshua 11-12

Football is a sophisticated yet simple game.  Today, high powered offenses rule the game.  Intricate pass patterns with multiple sets are used to confuse defenses.  Sometimes with all the complexity that we have, teams get into ruts where things just don’t click.  They have trouble getting their high powered offenses going.  The offensive lines break down in pass protection.  The quarterback fails to read the defenses correctly.  Receivers can’t get open.

Often, in those times of struggle, teams will fall back to the basics of a strong ground game.  Instead of all the fancy pass plays, the quarterback will simply hand the ball to the running back.  The offensive line will push forward, blocking the men in front of them.  By going back to basics, the team will get back on track.  The lineman will settle in.  The quarterback will relax and focus.   The simplified game plan works more often than people think.  Many coaches saved their jobs by getting back to basics.

Sometimes in the church, we fall in love with new and improved plans.  We like to implement programs and policies.  Then we wonder why participation is down.  Sometimes our message becomes so complicated that no one really understands what it is that we are trying to get across to people.

In those moments, the church needs to get back to the basics.

Hebrews 4:14-16, Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

What is our faith really about? Is it about our buildings? It’s not about the friends we have? It’s not even about our families?  It’s definitely about our programs.

No, our faith is about the person of Jesus Christ. The man who stepped out of Heaven to live a sinless life in our place. Jesus, who took our punishment on himself and opened up a way to the throne of God for you and me.

In those moments that we get frustrated about our lack of growth or our failed initiatives, we need to remember to get back to basics!


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