Our teacher, Wave Nunnally, ministered to the full Central Assembly fellowship this morning. For regular members of Faithbuilders, the message replayed themes we hear regularly in class. “The God who calls us is the God who empowers (enables) us to do what He’s called us to do. God doesn’t call us to do what we can already do, He calls us to do what He can do. God is the focus of scripture, not us.” The one-line summary for today’s message is: “The Good News proclamation is all about what God can do.”
This week Dr. Nunnally addresses the partnership between God and His human creation. God provides the call, the grace and power to achieve that calling; we are tasked with merely presenting ourselves as His servants. We are — to a degree — passive in the effort; God does the “heavy lifting.
Today’s class takes up St. Paul’s understanding of God’s enabling power (charis). God’s perspective is that we, His servants, are interconnected; we are ONE in community. As we serve the cause of Christ, we discover: at the foot of the cross “there is a level playing field.”
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. NASB