The Elementary Doctrines
The Elementary Doctrines
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Just as we all begin our natural lives as infants and progress to maturity, so do all believers begin their walks with Christ as infants who are newly born again, but whom God intends to forge into mature representations of His being. Yet the basic doctrinal Christian message has mostly ignored the need for maturity in individual believers, leaving scores of church members in perpetual infancy and the Church as a whole divided into denominations each focused on their own doctrinal emphases.
Scripture, on the other hand, identifies certain aspects of one’s spiritual education that form the foundation of maturity for all believers: “repentance from acts that lead to death, and...faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” (Hebrews 6:1b–2 NIV). These are known as the Elementary Doctrines.
These concepts are not a set of distinctive doctrines relating to group membership. They are cultural imperatives for the path to maturity in the Kingdom of Heaven. Choosing to walk this path may begin with studying the matters presented in this text. The process itself, however, involves the regular observation and daily practice of these Elementary Doctrines. This is the process Christ uses, in many different forms, to reshape any willing believer’s way of life, so that the individual may progress toward his or her mature representation of God’s being in the earth.
Sam Soleyn was born on the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where he spent his youth prior to moving to the United States to pursue his higher education. He has studied English, rhetoric, and theology and holds a juris doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Sam preached his first message at 15 years old. Over the decades, he has spoken in more than three dozen countries and had his messages broadcast on radio, television, and the Internet. Though he continues to travel the world, his home is with his wife, Lucy, in New Mexico.
Nicholas Soleyn as born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also holds a juris-doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Through his study of the law, work as an editor for a legal journal, and work as a law clerk for the New Mexico Supreme Court, he discovered a passion for research and writing, which he now pursues full time. Currently, he resides in New Mexico with his wife, Rebecca, and their children.
Other books by Sam Soleyn: My Father! My Father!, Removal of Restraint, and the Spanish Translation, Las Doctrinas Elementales