The legendary Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers, arguably the best team to ever set foot on a professional football field. Once, after his Packers lost to a very inferior team Coach Lombardi said nothing after the game. The next morning these monstrous men who had spent most of their life on the gridiron, sat in silence, fearing the wrath of the coach who demanded so much from them. When Lombardi entered the room he spoke softly. He said, “Men, today we go back to the basics.” He then held up a football and said emphatically, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”
There are many times I find myself wanting to hold my Bible high into the air and say, “Today we go back to the basics. Church, this is a Bible.” Without looking in your Bible, pull out a blank sheet of paper and see if you can you list the books of the Bible in order? Is there really anything more basic to the Bible than knowing the books of the Bible?. Why not make the determination right now to tackle this project no matter how long it takes. You may be able to do it in a week. It may take a month. It may take a year. That’s okay. Today, we go back to the basics!