This week’s topic is “Witness and Service: The Fruit of Revival”
We are all very familiar with the faith versus works debate. We could go back and forth forever on this topic, getting progressively more frustrated, aggressive and cemented into our own bunkers of “rightness” and still get nowhere.
Let’s be outrageous and assume that both things are important and move on.
(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)
La lección de esta semana se centra en la autoridad de Pablo y el Evangelio, y la sección del domingo habla sobre la cuestión de la naturaleza de la inspiración. He adaptado parte de una conferencia sobre este tema que di para una clase sobre Elena de White hace unos años; aunque los ejemplos son de la vida de esta autora, los principios son los mismos para cualquier persona inspirada por Dios.
Hay dos ideas diferentes sobre la naturaleza de la inspiración:
This week’s lesson concentrates on Paul’s authority and the Gospel, and Sunday’s section speaks particularly on the issue of the nature of inspiration. I’ve adapted part of a lecture on this topic I gave for a class on Ellen White a few years ago; although the examples are from her life the principles remain the same for anyone inspired by God.
There are two different thoughts about the nature of inspiration:
As a child, Sabbath seemed to be a day of “don’ts”, the focus almost entirely on what we were not allowed to do for that 24-hour period – no TV, no shopping, no swimming, reading was allowed but only “Sabbath” books. In fact, it often seemed that if something was fun it was automatically disqualified as a Sabbath activity.
I was fortunate enough not to grow up in the generation that was taught to picture God as peering down at us, waiting for us to slip up, make a mistake, fail to do a good deed, so he could then shake his finger at us and give us a good scolding. My parents told me stories of coming to Sabbath School when they were young, listing the good deeds they had done, and then having them GRAPHED from week to week! The kind of God who demands that isn’t likely to smile a lot, much less laugh.