When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power, or by what name, did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is
‘The stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
it has become the cornerstone.’
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:7-12 (NRSVA)
We have been to a few churches locally and, while each has had its positives and its negatives, the biggest common detractor is the quality of teaching. It is clear that there are many people who would consider themselves as Christians for many years whose spiritual growth and wisdom is, frankly, stunted.
I don’t seek to judge. I seek… a Church that strives and thrives and lives and loves with enthusiasm for every aspect of belief. Why is it so common in English churches to find spiritual baby food served up every single week? Imagine what we could do for Christ if only we were willing to go deeper.
‘There is a great deal that we should like to say… but it is not easy to explain to you since you seem so slow to grasp spiritual truth. At a time when you should be teaching others, you need teachers yourselves to repeat to you the ABC of God’s Revelation to men. You have become people who need a milk diet and cannot face solid food! For anyone who continues to live on “milk” is obviously immature—he simply has not grown up. “Solid food” is only for the adult, that is, for the man who has developed by experience his power to discriminate between what is good and bad for him.’
Hebrews 5:11-14 (Phillips)