109- YIELDING TO THE SPIRIT: A PENTECOSTAL APPROACH TO GROUP BIBLE STUDY Jackie David Johns and Cheryl Bridges Johns Church of God School of Theology 900 Walker St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311, USA What, if anything, should be the distinctive characteristics of Pentecostal group Bible study? Bible study materials published by Pentecostals seem to assume they are Pentecostal because they contain frequent references to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and Acts 2.4.1 This assumption implies that one has only to take theologically conservative, Scripture-based curricula, remove any objectionable material, add to it the doctrinal distinctives of Pentecostalism and the results will be Pentecostal Bible study.2 It is ironic that a movement that laid claim to the restoration of biblical Christianity with a corresponding denunciation of creeds should so easily take an essentially creedal approach to evaluating study materials. There exists among Pentecostals a certain inclination toward a false dichotomy between content and process. The dichotomy is frequently expressed in terms of the eternal nature of Scripture and the supposed temporal nature of methods. Methods are considered value-free tools which do not affect the truths they mediate and therefore may be 1. This
Journal of Pentecostal Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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