Back to the Fundamentals
It’s interesting that sports teams, including those that are at the highest skill level and performance, when they have a bye week during their season (a time off from having to play an opponent), their practices focus on returning to the fundamentals of their sport. The reason for that is because an athlete’s most skilled performance is best attained when his or her fundamentals are correct, and those can slip or diminish throughout a season of competition.
Making sure one’s fundamentals are correct is a good thing in sports, but this is even more important in one’s walk as a biblical Christian. The fundamentals are simply the essential truths and practices that God has communicated to us in His Word, the Bible, to which we must hold fast. The letter to the Hebrews gives us a sober warning: “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” (2:1). Peter, knowing his death was near, exhorted his brothers and sisters in Christ to keep in mind and in practice what they had been taught: “I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour” (2 Peter:3:1).
Biblical fundamentals not only make clear the simple yet vital truths of Scripture in our day of widespread deception, but they also reveal how profound what Jesus has done on our behalf truly is. Never shrink back from being called a fundamentalist!
T. A. McMahon