This book argues that if the Pentecostal movement is to overcome its excessive individualism and structural instability the way forward is not more institutionalization but a coherent and robust ecclesiology based on the Pentecost event, which is the coming of the Holy Spirit in his own person into the church. A Pentecostal ecclesiology is essentially the working-out of the ramifications of that key event. The book takes a more ontological understanding of the relationship between the Spirit and the church than would Protestant and evangelical ecclesiologies. In this respect, it has more in common with Orthodoxy.
It is further argued that this realignment away from Protestantism and evangelicalism towards Orthodoxy, far from removing Pentecostals from their roots, actually brings them much closer to the heart of Pentecostal spirituality.
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This is Simon Chan's second monograph in the JPTS series, expanding on his earlier work in developing a sound theology on the Pentecostal movement's distinctive contributions to the Church's understanding and experience of the the Holy Spirit. Though admittedly not a full-blown treatment on Pentecostal ecclesiology, Chan moves the ongoing conversation forward by focusing on the vital linkage between the Spirit and the Church.
He believes that the theologizing so far on the Pentecostal distinctives (eg. glossolalia as initial evidence of Spirit baptism, that is subsequent to and distinct from new birth in Christ) within the confines of the evangelical umbrella is too limiting. It has tended to blunt the edge of the Pentecostal contribution and does not do justice to her experience of the Spirit. A better way forward is to look instead to the older tradition of Orthodox theology. Drawing from the seminal writings of Schmemann, Zizioulas, Lossky, Nissiotis and others, he...
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