Friday, January 7, 2011

Going Deeper by Going Basic

People talk about "deep teaching,"  "deep spirituality," and "deep worship" - but what does all this deep stuff really mean?. Trevin at "Kingdom People" has an answer - So You Want to Go Deeper… ::
So what do we mean by “depth?” Not just new information or insightful application. We are longing for a depth that grounds us in the richness of the gospel.

Too many times, we assume that the gospel is just the basics of the Christian life, but intense, deep discipleship takes place when we get into the theological precision of interpreting biblical doctrines. Not so.

The gospel is the story that gives richness and profundity to all our study of the Bible. John 3:16 is simple enough for a child to believe, and yet we can linger over these words for a lifetime and never exhaust all the truth contained here.

“Going deep” is more than winning a game of Bible Trivia. It’s more than finding a helpful insight for the upcoming week.

Going deep is:
  • immersing ourselves in the truth that Jesus Christ bled and died to save helpless sinners like you and me.
  • seeing the depth of our sin and the depth of God’s grace.
  • remembering that there is nothing we can do to make ourselves more acceptable to God.
  • returning to the costly grace that demands “my life, my soul, my all.”
  • viewing the whole Bible in light of the overarching story of grace that has the gospel announcement as its climax and the gospel community as its result.
It’s been said that the gospel is not the ABCs of salvation, but the A to Z of the Christian life. That’s good to remember. We never move beyond this good news. Depth occurs when we more deeply explore the truth of the gospel and its implications.
 More good stuff at the link.