About 5L2F

kid-reading-bookWhy “5 Loaves / 2 Fish”?

To remind us how great of a thing God can do with so little. 

We all know the story: a multitude of people had followed Jesus into the wilderness foothills near the Sea of Galilee. We usually call it ‘the feeding of the 5,000’, but that was just the men. Counting the women and children that were there, the number easily could have been greater than 20,000! The day drew long and the people grew hungry. Jesus, knowing what He would do, asked the disciples to solve the problem. They quickly saw the impossibility of the situation. What they thought should have been the answer, to buy the food with money, simply could not work.

Then Andrew found a boy. The boy didn’t have much, but he was willing to give what he had. The Lord Jesus took what the boy gave and performed an unforgettable miracle. We don’t know much about this boy. He could have been anywhere between 12 and 16 years old. He could have been rich; he could have been poor. He could have been from a loving family; he could have been from a broken home. The passage doesn’t even tell us if he was a Jew or a gentile. Why doesn’t the Bible tells us any of this stuff? Because it didn’t matter. When you’re willing to come to the Lord on His terms and be used as He sees fit, details don’t matter!

That day, no one could argue that Jesus Christ had performed a miracle, and for it most in attendance honored Him as the Messiah. He can do the same through any teenager today who is willing to give Him what little they have and allow Him to work. What you have to give is beside the point. As a matter of fact, the less you have, the more glory God can get through you. (example: Why do you think  it was a 16 year old that killed Goliath? Because the slingshot was the new wave of sniper technology?) The only ability needed to serve God is availability. The 5 loaves and 2 fish help us to keep that in mind.

As for the apologetics side of this operation…

Every day, our society gets more and more skeptical concerning Christianity, the Bible, and God. And it’s not just adults who are becoming more skeptical.  The Barna Research Group found in 2002 that up to 70% of all students who regularly attended church in high school stopped attending church altogether after they left home.(1) However, as can be expected, the question of why this statistic was so high was left unanswered.

So, as a follow-up, Answers in Genesis(AiG) commissioned a poll to figure out when and why this was happening. America’s Research Group (ARG) called over 26,000 households nationwide to find 1,000 people between 20 and 29 years old, who faithfully attended church at some point but no longer do. ARG asked a number of questions in this poll, covering education, religion, creation, evolution, and moral issues. Some of the most stunning of the statistics are the results of asking the question “At what age did you begin to really question content in the Bible?”

  • 45.7% said they began in grades 10-12
  • 29.3% said they began in grades 7–9
  • 12.8% said they began in grades 4–6
  • 11.2% said they began in the first years of college
  • 1.0% even said they began in grades K–3

One would probably expect that these people would have started questioning the Bible while in college, but that’s not the case at all. The only bracket to receive a lower percentage of the poll than the college age was kindergarten through the third grade. A substantial 75% of the people polled lost confidence in the Bible while still in junior high and high school!

The poll speaks for itself, but for me,  it speaks to a very specific burden. God has given me a deep desire for ministering to teenagers. Accompanying that burden, He has also given me a tremendous interest in apologetics. This website is a combination of those two workings of God.

To be perfectly honest, the “5 Loaves / 2 Fish” theme has a personal application. When I think of all the questions to be asked in the field of apologetics I feel just like the boy that Andrew found. The fact is, I don’t have much to give. But, what I do have is His. This website is my 5 loaves and my 2 fish. If it helps anyone, it is to the glory of God.

(1) Barna, George, The State of the Church: 2002, Issachar Resources, Ventura, California, p. 110, 2002.

3 Comments

3 thoughts on “About 5L2F

  1. bethhiett

    Can you post a statement of faith…:)

    • Thanks for the comments.
      I haven’t developed a statement of faith as of yet. It is, however, on my list of “things to do.”
      I can tell you when it does come, it will be a fairly typical Baptist statement.
      Apologetics will be the primary focus of the website, but I do hope to address doctrinal issues as they come.
      In the mean time here is a summary of my church’s statement of faith with which I completely agree:

      The Scriptures
      We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, as it is in truth, the Word of
      God… (I Thessalonians 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s
      preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6-8). The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.

      The Godhead
      We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in
      being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections
      (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).

      The Person and Work of Christ
      We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God,
      having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and
      redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).

      We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the
      cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His
      literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).

      We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God,
      where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10;
      Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).

      The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
      We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of
      judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of
      Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians
      12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

      We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were
      temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or
      filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the
      consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of
      believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I
      Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).

      Man
      We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell,
      inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself,
      utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

      The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of
      him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and
      Christian love. (Psalm 8:4-9; Colossians 3:9-11).

      The Way of Salvation
      We believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus
      Christ” (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that men
      are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and
      Saviour Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19)

      We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
      We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,
      38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1, 2).

      The Church
      We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made
      up of all born-again persons of this present age which began with Christ and the Apostles, was empowered at
      Pentecost, and will be caught up to be with Christ at the Rapture (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; I Corinthians
      12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).

      We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New
      Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
      We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-
      31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).

      The Ordinances of the Church
      We recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of
      testimony for the Church in this age (Matthew. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

      Biblical Separation
      We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and
      Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and
      associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II
      Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

      The Return of Christ
      We believe the “Blessed Hope” of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and
      pretribulational. He will rapture His Church prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the
      tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth. (I Thessalonians
      4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6;
      Psalm 89:3-4)

      Our Eternal State
      We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and
      everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).

      We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord,
      where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be
      glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I
      Thessalonians 4:16-17).

      We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second
      resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and
      shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment
      (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).

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