Oracle v. Testimony

Nolan Galido June 20, 2008 2

In about a month from now I will be sharing the story of God at a Jr. High Camp. I’ve shared the Word many times with youth and various communities but this time I questioned, what am I really doing? Maybe I should rephrase that… I guess the question is more, What is the purpose of me giving the message? Now don’t get me wrong! By that question I don’t mean “whats the point?” its more looking at what am I suppose to accomplish?

When I look back it seems I’ve been approaching opportunities like this as some type of oracle role. Coming to bring a Word from God, an agent of divine communication. But lately I’ve been pondering if instead of coming as a sole authority to impart wisdom to a community, should I approach it more as a fellow brother in Christ giving testimony of what God has already been illuminating in my walk. I understand there are some instances when you sense the Spirit directing you on a specific message for the specific community, but what happens when that doesn’t occur? Is that when my role of an oracle switches to one of testimony? I do also understand , as stated 2 Timothy 3:16 , that all scripture is God breathed. So does that mean we shouldn’t be waiting for a specific direction because all of scriptures is useful. Or is there a balance between the two? Right now I’m leaning more towards my role as sharing my testimony but if God gives me a specific Word then I must be the vessel in which to share.

I would love your thoughts on all this!

Stay Blessed,

N

2 Comments »

  1. Josh June 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm -

    Thanks for the recent note, Nolan! I can tell you’re honest and reflective about Christianity.

    On oracle versus testimony, I can relate. Every time I take a step back and consider the wider picture before speaking, as you described, not only do I feel more effective and confident, but I think it creates space for God to fit [himself] in.

    Perhaps oracle and testimony are one in the same, that God’s word takes the form of the life that [he's] developed in you.

    Warm regards,
    Josh

  2. Nolan Galido June 27, 2008 at 8:15 pm -

    Thats for the reply Josh. I really like how you said “it creates space for God to fit [himself] in.”

    Thats something I need to continue to remember. That in the midst of speaking about God don’t forget to allow God to speak through you.

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