In this session, Dr. Nunnally focuses on behavior, and the high standard that comes from the teachings of Christ. The values we’ve seen in 1st Corinthians 12 map the subject in great detail: how we are to encourage friend and enemy alike.
In this session, Dr. Nunnally reminds us of the expectation God has for us all. With His blessing comes responsibility. As we organize our lives around the cross, and the resurrected Christ, we are called to servant-life, serving the best interests of others.
In this session, Dr. Nunnally takes up the question found in Acts 19:2: “‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ And they said, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.'” ESV What is the evidence for receiving the Holy Spirit? Is the evidence of tongues the sign of the Spirit’s indwelling, or is it possible to be filled with the Spirit in the absence of tongues? Jesus convenes this discussion with His words, recorded in John 14:17: “You know Him (the Holy Spirit) for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
This session moves slightly off the beaten path with emphasis on the Ten Commandments. “God covenants with people and brings them into relationship, then He introduces commandments — relationship precedes commandment.” Dr. Nunnally offers a high reconnaissance of how God connects with His people, and how they are to connect with Him. — The second trail (off the beaten path) convenes a conversation on verbalization and oral tradition. “The ancients didn’t think their prayers, they prayed them aloud. St. Ambrose was considered a genius because he could read without saying the words verbally.”
John 14:15; Ephesians 1-3, 4:1; Romans 1-11; Psalm 19:14; Psalm 104:33-34; 1 Corinthians 12,13,14; Psalm 104; Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; Matthew 26:38-39
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.”
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)