Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Think about the difference between milk and solid food. Milk is actually pre-digested food (ie. mum eats solid food, digests it and makes it accessible to her baby). Solid food, however, is in its original form and takes some digesting (ie. energy and effort) before it is accessible to others.
The passage above suggests there are two types of people in church.
- Those on milk, who are dependent on others to ‘pre-digest’ God’s Word to make it accessible to them.
- Those on solid food, who can go straight to the source (ie. the Bible) who feed themselves and, very importantly, who can feed others.
A flock of lambs (ie. on milk) is limited by the number of sheep there are on solid food. If there aren’t enough sheep on solid food, the lambs will starve and possibly even die.
However, with more sheep on solid food, the flock is able to grow! The lambs will be strong, fit and healthy. They might even be able to bring their friends along for a good feed!
The Growing Young team has done a lot of listening to people at St Philips in 2019. Now we are asking three important questions:
(1) Where are we?
(2) Where are we going?
(3) How are we going to get there?
You’ll get an update in a few weeks but here’s a tiny taster. One of the key weaknesses we identified was “a shortage of leaders”. In other words, we desperately want to grow the flock but we need more leaders who are ‘on solid food’. That said, there is a strong sense that we are feeding the younger flock well with the shepherds we have.
Please join me in . . .
(a) thanking God for the ‘shepherds’ He has so richly provided;
(b) asking God to raise up more shepherds to “feed My sheep” (John 21:17).
Also ask yourself these important questions: Am I on milk or solid food? Who am I feeding?
Finally, some of the more ‘meaty’ sets of Bible studies on RightNow Media are produced by Eternity Bible College. One that looks particularly interesting to me, and would benefit our flock immensely, is the one called Mentoring in the Church.