Monthly Archives: August 2014

Session 30: Jeremiah the First

In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally provided an intro to the book of Jeremiah.  The date-range from Jeremiah’s ministry is from 626 BCE through 587 BCE. Did you know, Jeremiah was the youngest of all Biblical prophets? There’s a strong possibility, he entered into prophetic service during his late teen years. We often forget just how prolific Jeremiah was in his writing. In addition to the book that bears his name, he was also the writer of Lamentations, and several non-canonical works during the Interrtestimental period.  Copies of his works were found at Qumran. Jeremiah is often linked with Moses, and later, Jesus.

1 Kings 1:7; 1 Kings 2:26 -27; Matthew 16:14; Jeremiah 36: 20 – 23; Mark 16

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Session 29: Romans — The End

After four years, we concluded our study of Romans this morning. And lo … the disc recorder malfunctioned. Unbelievable as it seems, the entire session was scrubbed. We start a new study of Jeremiah next week. Hopefully, some kind of recording tech will be up and running, and you’ll be able to join us.

. From Romans 16:25, to the end of the chapter, we have Paul’s benediction
. Notice how the concluding words of Romans compare to the benediction in Paul’s other letters. Why is there a difference with Romans?
. Romans represents Paul’s theological masterwork. It is the longest of his letters, running to 7,114 words.
. The reason for the uniqueness in Paul’s benediction may be the result of the amazing scope of the work.

a. Paul infused everything he understood about theology into Romans

b. Paul connected Christ to His identity, as Messiah, and defended the connection with scholarship

c. Paul emphasized spiritual-giftedness, and its role within the body-of-Christ

d. Paul’s writing in Romans brought formative shape to the emerging Christian faith

e. Paul’s words in Romans proclaim an egalitarian Gospel where there is neither Jew, nor Gentile, male nor female, servant nor master

f.  In Romans, Paul declares that Christ is for all

Asked to boil Romans down to three summary points, Dr. Nunnally said that if it took Paul more than 7,000 words to make his sentiments known. far be it from him to attempt such an impossible challenge. When pressed, though, Nunnally suggested that one way to encapsulate Romans — in three words — would be to suggest that Romans dealt in: establishment, redemption and empowerment.

Dr. Nunnally concluded with a homework assignment. He suggested that we study the beginnings and endings of Paul’s letters in the New Testament. Upon completing the review, we should contrast the differences, and seek to understand the reason for the distinctions.

Jeremiah 1:1 next week.

Session 28: Faithful to His Word

Substituting for Dr. Nunnally, missionary Grady Smalling explores the unusual ways God works in our lives. “When we’re at our lowest, we feel that we’re on our own, but God is omniscient, faithful, comforting and sovereign.” The near-death of Smalling’s young daughter, Kimberly, reshaped the missionary’s understanding of God’s faithfulness.

Romans 4:19-20;16:25-27; Psalms 145:4-6; Jeremiah 1:12; Luke 1:45

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Session 27: Diversity – Fellowship

In this session, Dr. Nunnally addresses a reoccurring theme In Romans: as the Body-of-Christ, we are equal members, in covenant with the Heavenly Father. “These brothers and sisters serve the same God.” — As an aside, Dr. Nunnally takes up the issue of textual variants in scriptural Citing Bruce Metzger’s research, Nunnally says: “There are only 12 valid textual variants in scripture, and none of them amount to a significant change in Christian theology.”

Romans 16:23, 24, 25; Acts 15 1 Peter 1:10-12

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