In The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke, Robert Stronstad adduces a succinct interpretation of the significance of Holy Spirit according to Lukan theology. He examines both the Spirit’s activity in Luke-Acts and the implications of the Gift of the Spirit in empowering, equipping, and commissioning of God’s people for service. The text is separated into six sections covering “the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts”, “the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament”, “the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of Luke”, “The Holy Spirit at Pentecost”, “The Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles” and the Charismatic Theology of St. Luke.
Etzell and Gutierrez states that the “indwelling of the Holy Spirit is something that an individual experiences at the moment of conversion, and it is something that cannot be taken away” (Etzell & Gutierrez, 2015, p. 189). Even when I chose to turn my back on the Lord I found that I still had moments where the Holy Spirit would tug on my heart and make me rethink my actions in a Christ-like view. In order to fulfill Gods great commission we must have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “When Jesus sent his disciples out, he promised them power” (The Greatness of The Great Commission , p. 09). Without this power we do not have the ability or the correction and guidance needed to evangelize into the corruptions of the world. For we are not capable of leading people to the Lord alone. We must do it through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. “The Holy Spirit guides the thoughts that should be thought, words that should be spoken, and actions that should be performed through intensifying a believers conviction to spiritual truth” (Etzell & Gutierrez, 2015). The Holy Spirit is often times linked with revival. “During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries especially, many communities experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit” (The Reality of Revival ). These outpourings have been seen since the time the apostles
The last issue is evangelism, specifically the 1957 Billy Graham New York Crusade. After World War II (1940s), mass evangelism began to rise again. During this era, religious awakening became important movement, especially Youth ministry. Billy Graham, who was the director of original Youth for Christ evangelical movement, filled the empty churches with evangelical wave of evangelism and revivalism. Originally he was sponsored by fundamentalists, but he changed the policy with the New York Crusade to receive broader support, including non-evangelicals. Moreover, according to the book, “Graham brought an end to evangelical unity” (55).
With this definition and a basic framework, Shaw, helps the reader understand the idea of global revival. As Shaw continues, he introduces the five different kinds of dynamics (spiritual, cultural, historical, global, and group) that drive these “charismatic people movements” otherwise known global revivals. With this foundation set for the rest of the book, Shaw, uses this framework to present various case studies of the major twentieth-century global revivals. In each case study, he tells the stories of the actual people and events involved in the local and global revivals that have taken place. Linked within these accounts is analysis of how the events fit within the dynamics of revival framework and how indigenization, globalization and nationalism all played a part in the revivals and the succeeding growth of the Christian
Passion is when a person has total devotion and is given meaning. With Jesus as their guide, the disciples were given not only a sense of purpose but also a sense of duty. This passion towards Jesus and the religion made in his message, was imperative as it was the key factor for the disciples as they committed their lives toward the development of Christianity. “With little more than passion for the message of Jesus as their guide, the early Christians overcame numerous obstacles to ensure his legacy was maintained for the world.” The early christians not only had to live their existence in the hopes to make Christianity a recognised religion, but they needed to have the passion at the very heart of their existence for this idea to flourish. They were faced with many obstacles to overcome, including the fear of being alone, hurdles the Council of Jerusalem took control of, Paul’s missionary journeys, and persecution.
In the case of the Christian belief system of continuationism and its connection to sensational theology predominant in radical Pentecostal groups or what will be called fringe Pentecostalism, the lack of substantial evidence towards the viability of this view shows that the gifts of the original apostles are not available today. While those who hold to the continuation theory believe the spiritual gifts possessed by the apostles are attainable and are the only method of truly knowing the Holy Spirit, the lack of evidence as to the continuation of these gifts and the fact that they are dismissed in scripture prove that these gifts are not longer available to believers. The issue that most mainstream evangelicals have with fringe Pentecostalism
Charismatic Spiritual Gifts; I believe while God still does some amazing miracles, signs, and wonders and sometimes performs those wonders through a Christian. I believe these things are not necessarily the miraculous gifts of the Spirit as we see in the New Testament. While the Bible does not say outright that the miraculous gifts have ceased, I believe it does lay the foundation for why they might no longer occur to the same extent as they did as recorded in the New Testament.
Modern Pentecostalism can find its roots in the early 20th century revivals of the practices of Spirit-infilling, ecstatic worship, and a strict adherence to the literal interpretation of the Bible. Some consider one of the appeals of the Pentecostal movement in its early years, as well as today, to be an inclusive, "whosoever may" attitude of multiculturalism and evangelism (Longman, 2012). Though Pentecostal organizations exist that are predominantly Caucasian, Black, or Hispanic, a growing trend of incorporating all ethnicities within one congregation has led to a dramatic increase in multicultural congregations within several of the established
In chapter four of, Gracious Christianity, it covers the spirit of life. Basically, the Spirit that is given by God gives us life mentally, physically, and spiritually to all Christians (78). One concept the authors talk about was powerful, “Instead, we
In his first chapter, McRaney emphasize the involvement of the Holy Spirit in the conversion of sinners into saints (p. 27), and the all part of evangelism; in the life of His witnesses, and lost people, regeneration and conversion. The Holy Spirit helps the witness and the lost person’s understanding. When Christian who within the heart of God, desire to see all persons come into recovered relationship in faith to sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Evangelism begins. All that is in God’s control.
“The Spirit of God is moving among his people. We have entered a new era of the Healing Gospel of Jesus Christ that begs to be heard. Across the land there are Christian Bodies, here and there, who have been stirred to return to it. But, their number is still small. One by one, however, God’s spirit is moving where hearts are open to the Spirit’s leading.” (p.
The leader’s who prayed for and saw spiritual revival were praying with an expectation. Reading through the amazing accounts has lit a fire inside of me with a real expectation. It starts with God using me as a leader to get others to call on His name whole heartedly. What lit this fire inside of me to expect a revival? It was dwelling on history of God’s faithfulness to those who pray sincerely. I have personally purposed to not let a month go by that I do not read and seek out a testimony to God’s faithfulness to prayer.
Charles Ryrie holds a Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PH.D from the University of Edinburgh. Hence, he is quite knowledgeable about theology and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Ryrie’s book is comprised of twenty-two chapters. He includes a section in the book that provides other helpful books the reader might find invaluable to read on the subject of the Holy Spirit. At the end of the book there are two indexes – an index of subjects and an index of select scripture passages.
In the 1940s, Pentecostals began to find acceptance. Before the 1960s, there were some non-Pentecostal people who had been baptized with the Holy Spirit of God. Most of these people decided that they would then keep it a secret but later join the Pentecostal Church. Around this time the theme of Classic Pentecostalism had somewhat shifted. This became known as New Pentecostalism. At this time there was the start of the Charismatic Movement. The supporters of the Charismatic Movement started to stray people away from the traditional beliefs of Classic Pentecostalism. More recently, there is a third wave of Pentecostalism that consists of non-Pentecostal Christians whose beliefs are mainly swayed towards the beliefs of Traditional Christianity. This third wave of Pentecostalism was founded by C. Peter Wagner. These non-Pentecostal Christians follow the practices of Traditional Christianity, but they believe in the Spiritual gifts of God and the works of God. Members of the third wave of Pentecostalism do not see being baptized by the Holy Spirit of God as an indicator. This third wave of Pentecostalism is better known as the Vineyard Movement. Kenn Gulliksen and John Wimber are two very important people who are associated with the Vineyard Movement. In the 1980s Gulliksen and Wimber joined ministries. Vineyard churches were churches that focused on modern-day prophecies. Some prophecies failed. Therefore, John Wimber decided that the Vineyard ministries should focus their
The Holy Spirit plays a very vital role in the lives of each and every believer; He can strengthen us with a strength that we cannot even begin to muster up in ourselves. He can bring us joy that we cannot even begin to find in the things of this world. He can bring peace to our lives more than anything that we can ever find on this earth. “The Holy Spirit which is primarily an energizing process, is also a revealing, refining, consuming, illuminating process, and one by which we are made to glow with love to God, and love to man, and love to souls.”