Monthly Archives: July 2014

2014 Session 26: Nicknames and Bit Players

Toward the end of the book of Romans, Paul not only sends his own greetings, but shares greetings from those traveling with him in his missionary effort. Dr. Nunnally’s session today explores the culture surrounding the early church. Often, the names cited by Paul are actually nicknames. Romans is Paul’s longest treatise, and it sets the context for the remarkable news of the Lord’s ministry and teachings. Located at the heart of it all are real people, whose lives are often remarkably similar to the ones we live. “We are all bit players.”

Romans 16:21; Matthew 1; Luke 3;  2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 1:1 

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2014 Session 25: Gaius

Dr. Nunnally continues a discussion of Romans 16:23, and the “brothers and sisters,” so vital to the expansion of the early church. As we focus on the concluding verses we see — in the names cited by Paul — how deeply Christianity is  penetrating Roman culture. Among these early believers was a man by the name of Gaius. The church met in Gaius’ home, suggesting that the residence was large and accommodating. And when Paul was in Rome, “Gaius was Paul’s landing pad.” After the Jerusalem Counsel in 48 AD, both Paul and Luke inaugurate the tradition of calling fellow believers, like Gaius and Cortus, “brother” and “sister.”

Romans 16:23; Acts 2; Joel 2

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2014 Session 24 : Christian Nation

Substituting for Dr. Nunnally, Robert Crabtree leads a discussion of our nation’s spiritual heritage. Some suggest that , as a nation, we are now “post-Christian.” Some add that Christianity never held full influence in our founding. Robert Crabtree begs to differ. “When people start making decisions according to political values, instead of spiritual values, that government will fail.”

Romans 16:21; Galatians 2:1 -2 3; Acts 15:1-19; 16; 17; John 3:16

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2014 Session 23: Paul’s Large Family

In this session, Dr. Nunnally leads a discussion of the various members of Paul’s family, who participated in his ministry. Some of them are named in the New Testament: Sopater aka Sosipater (Acts 20:4) and Erastus at Corinth (Acts 19:22). During the discussion, Dr. Nunnally cited a book by Craig S. Keener: Paul, Women, Wives.

Romans 16:21; Acts 20:4

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