Details for Pentecostal Pneumatology

This paper, which builds upon Understanding the Faith, examines the biblical foundations and historical developments in respect to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, a key area in Pentecostal theology and practice. 

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: THE204
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Units with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.↩


THE101 – Understanding the Faith

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Pentecostal Pneumatology

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective


This paper, which builds upon Understanding the Faith, examines the biblical foundations and historical developments in respect to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, a key area in Pentecostal theology and practice.



Students should be able to:

  1. describe in detail the biblical foundations and historical developments which frame an understanding of the Holy Spirit from a pentecostal perspective
  2. appraise different denominational perspectives on the person and role of the Holy Spirit
  3. analyse key theological discussions on Pentecostal pneumatology
  4. demonstrate an advanced understanding of church leadership within various traditions, including pentecostal developments
  5. describe and analyse the ecumenical context of Pentecostal/charismatic theology  

Subject Content

  1. The person and work of the Holy Spirit in the developing tradition of the church
  2. The Spirit and the Church
  3. The role of the Holy Spirit in the world
  4. The Spirit and grace
  5. Pneumatology and ecumenism
  6. Pentecostal distinctives in pneumatology 

This course may be offered in the following formats


Lectures, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction.


Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods


Worksheet (25%, 1250 words); Book Review (25%, 1250 words); Research Project/Essay (50%, 2500 words)


Prescribed Text


Readings Provided


Representative References

 Bloesch, D. The Church: Sacraments, Worship, Ministry, Mission. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2002.

Clifton, S.  The Developing Ecclesiology of the Assemblies of God in Australia, Fitzroy, Victoria: ACU, 2005.

Cooke, B. Power and the Spirit of God: Toward an Experience-Based Pneumatology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Fee, G.  God’s Empowering Presence. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009. 

Hinze, B. and Dabney, L.  Advents of the Spirit: The Current Study of Pneumatology. Milwaukee, Wis: Marquette University Press, 2001.

Kärkkäinen, V-M.  An Introduction to Ecclesiology.  Downers Grove: IVP, 2002.

______________.  “The Working of the Spirit of God in Creation: The Pneumatology of Wolfhart Pannenberg.” Pneuma 26:1 (2004): 17-35.

Land, S.  Pentecostal Spirituality. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic. 1993.

Ma, W. “When the Poor are Fired Up: The Role of Pneumatology in Pnetecostal-Charismatic Mission”, Transformation 24:1 (2007): 28-34.

Macchia, F.  Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.

Macchia, F.D. “Pinnock’s Pneumatology: A Pentecostal Appreciation.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 14:2 (2006): 167-173.

Menzies, R.P. Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2004.

McIntyre, J.  The Shape of Pneumatology. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2004.

Moltmann, J. The Church in the Power of the Spirit. London: SCM, 1992.

Pinnock, C.  Flame of Love. Downers Grove: IVP, 1996.

Volf, M.  After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Welker, M. The Work of the Spirit: Pneumatology and Pentecostalism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

Woods, E. The ‘Finger of God’ and Pneumatology in Luke-Acts. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.

Yong, A. “As the Spirit Gives Utterance: Pentecost, Intra-Christian Ecumenism and the Wider Oikoumene.” International Review of Mission 92 (2003): 299-314.

Yong. A. The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.



Ecclesiology: The Journal for Ministry, Mission and Unity

International Review of Mission

Journal of Pentecostal Theology

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