1. HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE
OF THE CHURCH
AND CONSECRATED LIFE
3. Introduction Doctrine and Life
What is Pneumatology
Biblical and unbiblical perception of the Spirit
Contemporary interest in Pneumatology
Pneumatology as theology – as prayer
5. Doctrine (theology) and Life Doctrines are our attempts to explain
a reality we are too shallow and limited to explain
Doctrine teaches, enable us to identify the real from the fake, prevent us from simply meandering away or wandering from our Shepherd
Jesus didn’t heal the sick and rescue the lost sheep
by way of a doctrine;
Doctrines arose so that we could better understand
and the rescuing of Jesus
6. Doctrine and Life Doctrine itself gives no life at all. What gives life is that which the doctrine is about
“Frigida opinio” (cold opinion - protestant Reformers): with which a person may agree with to the last detail but not have it touch them inside
Truth can be found
not just in thought, but in deeds
not just in doctrine, but in action –
The Spirit is in action
This is what happened at Pentecost – The Spirit made an event of it, things happened, people took action
8. What is Pneumatology What is Pneumatology
Pneuma = ruah – wind, air, spirit
Logos = word
Pneumatology is “the study of the Holy Spirit”
The third Person of the Trinity
It answers numerous important questions about the holy Spirit:
Who / what is the Holy Spirit?
When / How do we receive the Holy Spirit?
What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
How can I be filled with the Spirit?
Are the miraculous gifts of the Spirit for today?
9. The biblical and the unbiblical perception of the Holy Spirit Un unbiblical perception of the Holy Spirit
As a power or force given to us from God
As influence who guides man's conscience.
As some kind of force programmed into us to give us signals from God.
The Holy Spirit is a Person, with a mind, emotions and will.
And since He is God, He is also co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son.
Jesus replacement on earth
Received at salvation, the Spirit is the permanent possession of every believer in Christ (Eph 1:13-14).
11. The person of the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is involved in a number of important activities:
The book of Acts has been called by some "The Acts of the Holy Spirit Through the Apostles.“
The Spirit of God brings conviction of sin (Jn. 16:8).
He imparts the new birth (Jn. 3:5).
He baptizes believers into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).
He indwells individual Christians (1 Cor. 6:19).
He equips believers for effective service (Eph. 5:18)
Because of His indwelling presence, we can have victory over sin and we can successfully serve the Lord.
12. Summary for Pneumatology: John 16:8-11 "When He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;
in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned."
14. The interest for Pneumatology The Spirit –like Jesus-
A sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will revealed (Lk 2: 34-35)
Differences among the Churches when pneumatology is present or absent
Unitarianism of the Spirit in some charismatic movements
Binarianism: Jesus and the Spirit without the Father
How can I recognize a good Church?
In its pneumatology: in what it believes and teaches about the Holy Spirit
15. Pneumatology as theology In theology people try to understand God’s doings among humans and in creation as a whole
We go about theology with lots of resources
The definitive resource: the Holy Scriptures
Non-definitive or less-definitive resources
Worship and liturgy
Each of us, our religious and Christian experiences
All these resources are part of a bigger picture
19. VENI, CREATOR SPIRITUS!
22. “Veni Creator” “The most famous of hymns” (Frere)
Author: Rabanus Maurus (d. 856)
Roman Breviary: Vespers and Terce of Pentecost
The Catholic Church
Election of Popes
Consecration of Bishops
Ordination of priests
Dedication of Churches
Celebration of Synods or Councils
23. Why do we need to invoke the coming of the Holy Spirit? Veni Creator is
like a cry, a lamentation arisen from the deepest of human being
For post-modern times: weakness, fragmentarity
When the time for Jesus to leave this world had almost come, the told the Apostles of
“another Counselor” … “to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth”
The Paraclete – counselor, intercessor, advocate
24. Outline Pneumatology in the three Faculties
Second module: REVELATION: the progressive manifestation of the Holy Spirit
Third module: UNDERSTANDING: the historical understanding of the mystery of the Holy Spirit
Fourth module: EXPERIENCE: vital experiences of the Holy Spirit in spiritual life
Fith module: CHARISMS: protagonism of the Spirit in Mission and Life
25. Questions What theological idea do you find the most confusing? intimidating? weird?
Have you ever sighed, cried, or prayed for the Holy Spirit? How?
What one thing do you think would be most characteristic of thought that is led by the Holy Spirit?
What are the words and images you use when you talk about God? How have these changed over the years?