Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity

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  • Essay On Spiritual Gifts

    the Good News to unbelievers (Acts 2:11). Despite the many debates and confusion over the interpretation of this gift throughout church history, the purpose of this gift remains the same today (1 Cor 14:6; 22-25). The believers on the day of Pentecost “were both baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit” as Jesus had promised them (Acts 1:5). John the Baptist testified that God told him that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit (John 1:33), and Paul says, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” Ephesians 4:3-5 gives further proof saying, “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”. There is no biblical proof that the Holy Spirit comes in stages or partially as the statement of some Pentecostals or Charismatics. Another statement of the Pentecostals or Charismatics is that speaking in tongues is a necessary sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Even though speaking in tongues happened to some at Pentecost after receiving the Holy Spirit, the is no Scripture that tells us this is necessary or will happen to every believer. Yet there is proof to the contrary, that speaking in tongues will not always manifest at conversion as evidenced in Acts 2:41; 4:4; 6:7; 8:14-36; 9:1-42; and 17:32-34. In addition, Paul makes the point that not all in the church will have the same gift (speaking in tongues) in 1 Corinthians 12:30. By far, the most divisionary question is, is speaking in tongues valid today. The answer rests on the interpretation of the word “perfect” in…

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  • Pentecostalism In Guatemala

    Introduction Guatemala has become the leading place for conducting researches on religions in Latin America. The predominant religions in Guatemala are Catholicism, Christianity and Mayan spirituality. However, during the colonial era, Catholicism was the main religion. There has been a tremendous growth in the Protestants community. According to the The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, “Pentecostals represent the most rapidly growing sector of Latin American Protestantism”. The other…

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  • Reflective Essay: My Philosophy Of Religion

    Black and I’m proud movement. The ethnic temperature of that period remained extremely hot in the nation while growing up in North Philadelphia. My parents were exceptionally energetic during the civil rights movement in the city of Philadelphia, therefore my parents had a varied twist on religion. They were tremendously sweet people who had a background in faith embedded by their parents. However they were always ready to defend their rights as human beings within the laws laid before them. My…

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  • The Shortcomings Of The Protestant Revolution

    molecular biophysics at Oxford University. During the years 1975-1978, he carried out scientific research while studying for the Oxford University Final Honour School of Theology. In December 1977, he was awarded an Oxford D.Phil. for his research in the natural sciences, and he gained first class honors in Theology in June 1978. He is currently Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s college, London. Brief Summary The author sets out to tell the story of the emergence of…

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  • Church History Class Analysis

    The couple of classes on church history I took at King’s were informative and I found myself inspired from what I learned. One of these classes was called Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The biggest thing that I learned in this class was that the Kingdom of God has never ceased from moving in the world through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and through miracles. In this class on charismatic church history we were able to trace the move of the Holy Spirit in the earth back to the book of…

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  • Reflective Essay On Christian Mentoring

    discovered that mentoring can be done with more than one person and that there are many mentoring programs going on through the Christian Church and outside of it. Mentoring Christian discipline for reaching lost humanity regardless of their age, race or gender. Encouraging the practise of this discipline With mentoring many mentees go on to become mentors themselves because of the substantial impact of being mentored had on their lives. When mentoring someone the very act of spending…

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  • Religious Pluralism Globalization And World Politics Summary

    confront us in contemporary society. The various scholars also provided the framework on how to relate to these challenges. The chapters are very friendly, with scholars interacting with ideas from each other – a real pointer to good teamwork. The tone of the book is largely gracious, which not only encourages the readability but is also complementary to the main themes in the volume. As Banchoff already mentioned, the essays in the volume do not claim to cover the subjects comprehensively.…

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  • Theological Convergence Summary

    the eternal salvation of man’s soul by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and proclaims that same message to others. Beyond this definition, there are numerous more narrow meanings” (Pruitt 13). Pruitt uses Peter Beyerhaus’ six categories of evangelicals. One, Strict Fundamentalists are “most recognized by their unwillingness to compromise and their separatist attitude” (Pruitt 15). Two, New Evangelicals “are quick to distance themselves from the fundamentalist evangelicals… in their view of politics”…

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