Pentecostal Spirituality Notes

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Pentecostal Spirituality Notes Holiness Movement: regeneration by grace through faith, entire sanctification, assurance of salvation & living a holy life. Healing Movement: during civil war, NT healing was sought out after war. Charles Parham: founder of modern day Pentecostalism, William Seymour initiated Azusa street revivals. Spirituality Spirituality (working definition): Living the Christian life so that our experience of G-d transforms our knowing , loving and communing with G-d and others. Knowing should be avoided as knowing about something, or just as thinking about something. This is a broad and full understanding, though you don’t have to know everything about it; knowledge is not exhaustive. Knowledge is always partial; there will always be gaps in knowledge. Knowing is based in belief/trust. Scientism is always based on belief. You cannot know anything in all certainty…but you can strongly believe that something exists and have good reasons for it (i.e. I can walk into a wall and still not know with absolute certainty that the wall exists). Not the same as thinking, it’s always partial and based in belief. Loving is valuing another. Love is not separate from knowledge. Knowing more about something makes possible the capacity of love. Unfortunately Pentecostal circles tend to separate knowing and loving…this is not biblical. Loving alone chases after a feeling, it becomes an emotional sentimentalism. Love and loving is focused on the other; love takes an object. You cannot love an abstraction (i.e. a Marxist loving the idea of loving the poor). If love is not outward focused it is made into egocentrism/self-centered. The emotional feeling of love can be a trap for some people to become emotionalist. There is a difference between, “I like that person because they make me feel good” and “I like that person, and that makes me feel good.” Communing is an interactive friendship or fellowship. This is usually with other persons, specifically G-d in this topic. Communing requires knowing and loving, you cannot commune with someone who is far away. Communing especially needs loving and knowing. Communing requires mutual communing and knowledge and value. Communing without loving and knowing creates just a really busy person (Seve). Communing is intrinsically valuable; it makes sense to do it just to do it. Communing is not pragmatic; it doesn’t talk to people/G-d only when they need it. Prayer is required to truly commune with G-d. The nature of our communing has to be natural with G-d as it is with man! The Nature of Prayer
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Prayer : direct contact with God, divinity or ultimate reality. Getting in contact with that something that is bigger than who you are…most people throughout time use prayer.
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course THEO 2503 taught by Professor Wisemore during the Spring '08 term at Northwest College.

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