There seems to be a great interest to go back to the basics. Man wants to get back to nature. It is evident in leisure activities and even in the boasts of breakfast cereals. The basics have been discovered as the essentials in life. This discovery holds true in religion. To seek the basics in religion is to seek Bible answers to all questions of the Christian religion. In Acts 2:42 one can see the basics of Christianity through the eyes of the first believers. They “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine.” These basics are within the grasp of all believers today. It is not a difficult task to uncover how and when the early church worshipped. Even the most basic teaching of the salvation of man’s soul is plainly taught in God’s Word. Peter’s admonition to “speak the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11) calls modern man back to the basics revealed in the New Testament as a pattern for Christianity and foundation for the unity of Christ’s church. However, look around and see the need to return to the basics in our personal lives. Perhaps the following could be the start of a list of the basics to which we must return:
- Prayer: 1 Thes. 5:17; “Pray without ceasing.”
- Love: Romans 13:10; “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor.”
- Kindness: Eph. 4:32; “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
- Hospitality: 1 Peter 4:9; “Be hospitable to one another without complaint.”
- Evangelism: Acts 20:20; “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house.”
Let us pray for a return to the basics of Christianity. Let us seek the basics in our Bible study. May the world see a new meaning to the cross in the personal growth of our lives (Gal. 2:20).