Our session continues with our theme: the gifts of the Spirit. In this discussion, Dr. Nunnally emphasizes the equality of the sexes in Godly service. Included in the discussion is the following quote:
“How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are, in very truth, two in one flesh; and where there is but one flesh there is also but one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake of God’s Banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts.”
The session begins with an appeal to pray for the persecuted church in the mid-East.
Continuing from last week, Dr. Nunnally explores St. Paul’s admonition to live a transformational life. This is what Christian community is all about. Our specific attention focuses on the apostle’s message with respect to women in fellowship and worship. “From scripture we understand that women in the early church were vital to the community of believers, and involved in public prayer and prophesy. How are we to understand this reality against Paul’s message about women keeping silent in public?”
Women and men are of vital importance to the ongoing ministry of Christ.
1 Cor 11:5-15; 1 Cor 12; 1 Cor 14:34 & 35; 1 Tim 2:11& 12; Gal 3:26; Acts 2:6,8; Joel 2:28; Num 11:26
Inevitably, the issue of judgement arises in questions of spiritual practice. In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally explores judgement, in conjunction with the 2-3 rule, discussed previously. As before, “judgement” in the spiritual gifts is always redemptive. “Throw away the bad, keep the good.”
The goal of this class session was to reset our focus on spiritual gifts. Why does St Paul have to state, then restate Christ’s admonition to serve others. “We come to Christ to be conformed to His image of service.” (This session was slightly abbreviated due to the malfunctioning heater in the classroom)