Substituting for Dr. Nunnally, Bob Crabtree offers another perspective on the manifestation of spiritual gifts. He reminds us, Paul wrote his letters in response to increasing division among early Christian believers. “Spiritual gifts were given to promote a unified body of believers.”
In this session we take up the challenge of Christian living. Our culture is no longer unified by by the social consensus that defined the 1950s. Modern society is fractured by many — often competitive — points-of view. In this respect, our world closely resembles the world at the time of the first Christian communities. This explains why Paul’s words to the believers in his day hold special significance to the modern church.