A great danger for those called of God

I have great appreciation for the ministry of Dr. Gordon D. Fee.

His commentaries on I Corinthians and Philippians and his books, How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible; God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul  and Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study should be required reading and discussion for ministry students.

If you teach Scripture, reflect on this good word of caution from Gordon Fee:

“Those who teach Scripture must live in fellowship with God; be among those who cry out with the Psalmist, ‘My soul and my flesh long for you’; ‘O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you. My soul thirsts for you; my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.’ If those who preach and teach God’s word, which preaching must be based on solid exegesis of the text, do not themselves yearn for God, live constantly in God’s presence, hunger and thirst after God – then how can they possibly bring off the ultimate goal of exegesis, to help to fashion God’s people into genuine spirituality?”

“To be a good exegete and consequently a good theologian, one must know the fullness of the Holy Spirit; and that includes a life of prayer and obedience.”

“A great danger lurks here, you understand, especially for those who have been called of God to serve the Church in pastoral and teaching roles. The danger is to become a professional (in the pejorative sense of that word): to analyze texts and to talk about God, but slowly to let the fire of passion for God run low, so that one does not spend much time talking with God.”

“If the biblical text does not grip or possess one’s own soul, it will likely do very little for those who hear.”

“We must begin, as we would conclude, standing under the text, not over it with all of our scholarly arrogance intact. Thus it is simply wrong-headed for us ever to think that we have done exegesis at all if we have not cared about the intended Spirituality of the text—whether it be theological, doxological, relational, or behavioral.”

“The aim of exegesis is to produce in our lives and the lives of others true spirituality, in which God’s people live in fellowship with the eternal and living God, and thus in keeping with God’s own purposes in the world. But in order to do that effectively, true ‘spirituality’ must precede exegesis as well as flow from it.” (Listening to the Spirit in the Text)

 Steve Cornell

 

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