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1. HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE AND MISSION 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 Outline

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 the freeing, the healing 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. Biblical perception 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 Tradition Relationship 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 Collective prayer 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 Missiology Spirituality Consecrated Life Five Modules: 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?

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