For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
A pastor was called to a new church. His first Sunday there, he preached a message from John 3:16 entitled, “How to Be Born Again.” The message was well received, but no decisions were made to follow Christ.
So the second Sunday, the pastor’s message was again taken from John 3:16 and was entitled “How to Be Born Again.” Again, no decisions were made. The third Sunday, the sermon was the same.
By this time, the other leaders in the church were worried about what was happening – the pastor just kept preaching the same sermon over and over again. So they called a special meeting with him to discuss his sermons.
One deacon said, “Don’t you have any more sermons you can preach?” The new pastor responded, “Yes, I have plenty of sermons. However, I’m going to keep preaching this one until we get it right!”
Understanding a truth often takes repetition. That’s why Scripture memorization is so powerful – because by learning the words, we reach new levels of understanding of the truth behind the words. So never feel like you’ve outgrown your need to know the foundational truths of God. Preach the Gospel to yourself every day!
Pray and ask God to remind you daily of the foundational truths of His Word.
Questions for thought
Why do you think many people struggle in their faith when they get away from what’s most important in the Bible?
What’s one thing you can do to remind yourself of the Bible’s foundational truths every day?