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The Holy Spirit and the Early Church: Doctrine & Confession
Johannes van Oort
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i3.1120
Abstract: This article firstly investigates in what way various main theological figures in the first centuries of the Christian era spoke about the Trinity and thus, also, about the Holy Spirit. Secondly, it investigates how the formulas of Early Christian confessions of faith developed into their mature and final forms. Such (baptismal) confessions often reveal trinitarian expressions and explicit wordings about the Holy Spirit. How to cite this article: Van Oort, J., 2011, ‘The Holy Spirit and the Early Church: Doctrine & Confession’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(3), Art. #1120, 8 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1120
The origin, development and a brief appraisal of the doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit in Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria  [cached]
George O. Folarin
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2013,
Abstract: This article traces the development of the Christ Apostolic Church’s (CAC) doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, its current official stance and the church ministers’ interpretations of the doctrine. To gather data for this work, focus-group discussions were held with groups of CAC ministers in 1992 and 2012. Data gathered were analysed. Selected leaders of CAC were interviewed, and the data from the two sources were compared, interpreted and discussed in terms of related literature. A theological appraisal concluded the work. The findings are that, whilst CAC tenets appear to conform to the Classical Pentecostal model, the opinions of the church’s ministers are divided along Pentecostal and Evangelical lines. The official view of the CAC is that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct from the initial work of salvation and that the visible signs of receiving this baptism are multiple, but there are significant disagreements amongst the church ministers to this. The appraisal reveals that the tenet of the church needs to be reworked to conform to the teaching of the Scripture.
O Espírito Santo e a Igreja: respostas de congar e do concílio vaticano II à quest o "carisma e institui o" = The holy spirit and the church: responses of congar and the II vatican council to the issue “charism and institution"  [PDF]
Amaral, Miguel de Salis
Teocomunica??o , 2011,
Abstract: O papel do Espírito Santo na Igreja recebeu um esclarecimento fundamental durante o Concílio Vaticano II. Neste estudo indicam-se os principais aspectos renovados, entre os quais destaca o papel estruturante e dirigente que o Paráclito tem, juntamente com Cristo, no sacramentum salutis. Assim pode-se tentar encontrar uma solu o melhor para a quest o da rela o entre carisma e institui o na Igreja, que, com frequência, tem sido alvo de leituras muito variadas, mas ainda susceptíveis De um enriquecimento. A apresenta o da doutrina de Congar sobre a rela o entre o Espírito e a Igreja, muito diferente antes e depois da assembleia conciliar, mostra de um modo exemplar a lentid o da recep o e as vias encontradas por um teólogo que se interessou pelo tema “carisma-institui o”. The role of the Holy Spirit in the Church received a fundamental clarification during the II Vatican Council. In this study, the main renovated aspects are indicated, among which Paraclete’s structuring role as a leader, together with Christ, in the sacramentum salutis. In this way, one can try to find a better solution to the question of the relationship between charisma and institution in the Church, which has frequently been the target of very different readings, which vevertheless are still capable of an enrichment. The presentation of the doctrine of Congar on the relationship between the Spirit and the Church, very different before and after the Council assembly, shows in an exemplary way the slowness of the reception and the ways found by a theologian who became interested in the subject “charisma-institution”.
The Role of the Holy Spirit in Rom 8
Ksenija Magda
Kairos : Evangelical Journal of Theology , 2007,
Abstract: On account of methodological considerations (primarily from theory of space) the article points to the centrality of Rom 8 and particularly to the role of the Holy Spirit in it as the connecting factor in the two Pauline re-definitions of Jewish traditions: that of the role of the Law and that of the adoption of Israel as God’s sons. The Holy Spirit is the key to a Christian life – both for getting in and staying in .
The Spirit and secularisation  [cached]
D.T. Williams
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 2010, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v75i4.109
Abstract: The existence of creation, especially of life, depends on the work of the third Person. In keeping with his nature as holy, the Spirit undergirds creation by providing separation and relatedness. This activity is, however, not of such a kind as to remove the measure of freedom that God gave through his selflimitation, and that is necessary for creation to occur. It is possible for individuals and society as a whole to ignore the Spirit, and for secularisation to occur. The action of the Spirit also underlies the new creation, which results in a distinctive society, the church, which is characterised by separation and relatedness. Through the church, the Spirit seeks to influence society as a whole by example without removing its freedom. To maintain the validity of this example, the Spirit also seeks to develop the church as a holy society, specifically counteracting the factors that produce secularisation in society.
David N. Field
Scriptura , 2013, DOI: 10.7833/111-1-20
Abstract: This article develops a re-interpretation of the holiness of the church. It comprises two main sections. The first re-examines the motif of holiness by critically examining use of this motif in selected biblical traditions. This will form the basis for the development of an ecological understanding of holiness. The second part will examine what on earth it means to confess that the church is ecologically holy given, its all too obvious failures and the pervasive influence of the socio-cultural and politico-economic forces that are destructive to the earth. doi: 10.7833/111-1-20
Le Saint Esprit a yci pourtrait au vif ... Calvin’s understanding of the Holy Spirit’s modus operandi in the life of believers in the light of the preface to his Commentary on the Psalms
L Kayayan
Acta Theologica , 2008,
Abstract: The autobiographical details in Calvin’s Preface to his Commentary on the Psalms illustrate the modus operandi of the Holy Spirit working out an identification between the authors of the Psalms and the reader. In the Preface, the Psalms are divinely inspired, life-giving words that enhance the experience of the readers similar to the experience lived and expressed by the authors.The testimonium internum Spiritu Sancti is the core of the Preface inasmuch as expressed by means of a necessary process of anatomy and dissection of all the affections of the soul. Since the book of Psalms adequately deals with all that concerns the knowledge of eternal salvation, the modus operandi of the Holy Spirit through the Psalms is the gospel itself.
Psalm 51: Take not your Holy Spirit away from me
LP Maré
Acta Theologica , 2008,
Abstract: Even a cursory reading of the New Testament makes one aware of numerous references to the Holy Spirit. The New Testament is thus normally the focus for studies on pneumatology. However, there are many references to jwr in the Old Testament of which 107 refer to God’s activities in nature and in the lives of human beings. In these passages jwr is translated as “spirit”, indicating the work of the Spirit of God. Pentecostals believe that the presence of the Spirit of God in the lives of believers during the Old Testament period was sporadic and temporary. It was only after the outpouring of God’s Spirit on the Day of Pentecost that the Spirit came to dwell permanently within believers. This article challenges that assumption by analysing Psalm 51. Such analysis reveals that the Spirit of God lived permanently in the life of an Old Testament believer, and ascertains the role of the Spirit of God in the life of the worshipper.
The theological centre of Pauline theology as it relates to the Holy Spirit
Mark Pretorius
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v62i1.354
Abstract: The issue as to what constitutes the “heart of Pauline theology” is a contentious one in academic debates. The traditional view is the one fostered by the Reformers and perpetuated by generations of Protestants namely that “justification by faith” is the key to Paul’s theology. Unfortunately, upon careful reading of Paul’s letters, the inadequacy of such a view becomes apparent as such a focus would fail to cast the net broadly enough to capture all of Paul’s theological concerns. In saying this and without denying the presence of other determining factors, especially Christology and eschatology, shape the framework of Paul’s pneumatology. There is no doubt that in their eschatological significance, the death and resurrection of Christ control Paul’s teaching on the work of the Spirit within the lives of believers. It could then be argued that as part of the fundamental core of Paul’s understanding of the Gospel, the Spirit is rather close to the centre of things.
The Primary Tool for the Church Leader  [PDF]
Thomas Sibley
Kairos : Evangelical Journal of Theology , 2010,
Abstract: The place and importance of Scripture as the primary tool to be used by a church leader is often affirmed at the beginning of ministry, but is often marginalized by the pressures of ministerial activities. This article is a brief study of 2 Timothy 3:10-16, and the importance and use of Scripture in the perfecting of the “man of God” for ministry work. It is a plea for the church leader to allow the Holy Spirit to use the Scriptures in a continual preparation for the role of church leader.
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