Are there “ground” rules to spiritual expression? A careful reading of Paul’s writings suggests that everyone has a role to play in public worship; everyone has a right, perhaps even ‘duty’ to participate. Paul also counsels that we must never disengage from decorum and order. This session convenes a frank discussion of the gifts of the Spirit in public worship, with specific focus on the sometimes -faulty human component. In modern Pentecost, it’s a subject, seldom discussed.
In this session we consider the principle of “… two or three.” There’s a wide list of references relating to this notion, from “where two or three are gathered together in my name,” to “let two or three speak,” and/or “two or three witnesses bring testimony.” There seems to be Godly organizing principle here, one that includes God’s principle of public edification.
1 Cor 14:27; Deut 17:6, 19:15; Numbers 35:20; Matthew 18:16; 1 Tim 5:17-20
In this session we are reminded of Paul’s direction to avoid paying evil for evil. Our spiritual understanding must be predicated on prayer, with specific attention focused on the discernment of spiritual gifts. In our judgement, we are to proceed with love and patience.
This session continues with the theme of “God’s Gifts,” begun several weeks ago. Dr. Nunnally considers the “end of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.” How are we to understand this citation? “There will be such a weight of glory when we arrive in the Lord’s direct presence, we won’t need the gifts of mediation. Until that day, though, we need the Gift, and the Gifts that dwell within the Gift.”