Today’s class takes up St. Paul’s understanding of God’s enabling power (charis). God’s perspective is that we, His servants, are interconnected; we are ONE in community. As we serve the cause of Christ, we discover: at the foot of the cross “there is a level playing field.”
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. NASB
In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally takes up St. Paul’s concept: many members, one body. The discussion opens a path that will take us into a discussion of spiritual gifts over the next few weeks. Curiously, Paul’s writings in Romans, Corinthians and Ephesians provide us with a wide, unified vision of spiritual gifting.
Are WE the source of faith? In this session, Dr. Nunnally suggests that “Biblical” faith has nothing to do with the power of positive thinking; rather, it’s rooted in the understanding that God is trustworthy. In that sense, faith is not static, and can actually be increased. The ultimate question presents a challenge to everyday living: can we have questions, and still be counted among the faithful?
In today’s session we’re reminded that we are God’s priests, 24/7. We are to serve God’s interests and purposes, full-time. “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Serving the Father in this manner is our only reasonable service. We are to give all, as He has given all. This call-to-service begins with the renewing of our mind.