In this session, Dr. Nunnally considers the outcome when the “gifts of the Sprit” are out-of-balance within the body of believers. Special emphasis is given to the “gift of discernment.” Due to the difficulties that surround the public expression of spiritual giftings, we are encouraged to read Dr. Nunnally’s article in Engrichment Journal: Judging Without Being Judgmental. The bottom line is simple. God provides spiritual gifts in balance to all members, FOR all members.
1 Cor. 12:26
Please note: due to a special in-class presentation, this podcast session was shortened.
Today’s discussion continues the conversation on “giftings” within the body of Christ. Though not an exhaustive study, the session touches on bravery, faith and the keen importance God places on Spirit-focused worship. “The age of spiritual giftings did not end with John’s last breath (on Patmos) in 99 AD.” The Holy Spirit was an active force in the Old Testament, and continues as a dynamic influence in the New. ‘God is either involved with us … or not.”
This class session embarks on a discussion of Paul’s understanding of spiritual gifting. As it turns out, in both Jewish tradition and world history there are precedents for extraordinary language-events. Paul carefully convenes a discussion of this heritage and brings Godly order to Pentecostal standards and practices. “I will pray with the spirit; I will pray with the mind.”
Today’s session introduces our discussion of God’s gifts. St. Paul takes up the subject in Romans, Corinthians and Ephesians. As a topic, God’s spiritual giftings are of great significance to the church as it proceeds into the endtimes. How are we to
understand the gift of faith; how are we to understand the gifts of faith?