“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God.”
In this verse and the next our author list some of the elementary doctrines that should have been mastered by the early Christians to who he was writing. Christians had paused like helicopters, hovering over elementary things. Time to move on, the author says. Leave the basics behind and move towards higher learning. They knew all about repentance from their former way of life, and they knew the need for faith in God. But, obviously, there is more to the Christian life than that.
Other things have to be considered, and as long as they were in the helicopter mode, they were never going to consider them. The author continues to plead with the church to go deeper in the Word. Move towards maturity as a Christian. The church needs grown people, people who are mature in knowledge and wisdom, to take care of the family of God and to witness to a lost world.
Task for Today: Start something new today. Read a section of the scriptures that you are not familiar with. Investigate it using as many helps as you can find. Don’t keep reading the same verses over and over and declaring the same basic truths over and over. Move on to maturity. Don’t stay in elementary school but move on to the next level. Take an online course or join a disciple group, or be a part of a Bible study group. If your study classes are staying at a low level, change study classes, and try one a little more advanced. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.