MyTheology Concerning Ecclesiology and Pneumatology
Ecclesiologyexamines the biblical teaching regarding the church, both local anduniversal (McGrath, 2011). As a theologian, I believe that Godinstituted the church for the purpose of transforming individuals.Ecclesiology guides Christians towards a biblical recognition of therelationship between Christians, how they relate to God as well asunbelievers (Evans, 1992). It is beneficial to Christians as itteaches them how to honor God and offer a healthy growth of thechurch.
Mytheology towards ecclesiology covers the definition, purpose, ritualsand role of the church and church leadership. As referred in theBible, the church is a gathering of worshippers that is, Christiansare the church themselves. The church was founded for variouspurposes including worship, fellowship, outreach, teaching, serviceand prayer (Migliore, 2014). Concerning church rituals, these are inline with the ones present in the New Testament for a Christianchurch. They are the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) and baptism.Baptism should include both the believers and infants. In regards tochurch leadership, deacons and church elders are the primary leaders.However, more emphasis is provided on the duties of deacons as statedin the book of 1st Timothy, chapter 3 (Migliore, 2014). Most of themajor church decisions should be made by chosen pastors and elders. Membership of the church is important. Every church member has aresponsibility to play in priesthood and the life of other believers.They should support the growth of the church. Churches should have ahigh degree of expectation regarding commitment and involvement ofevery member.
InChristian theology, Pneumatology is defined as the examination of thebiblical teaching concerning the Holy Spirit (McGrath, 2011). It issignificant to Christians as it reflects knowing more about God. TheHoly Spirit is important in the life of every believer as it comforts(John 16:7) and assists in prayers (Romans 8:26) (Evans, 1992).
Inthe Bible, Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit and He also commandedHis disciples to do the same. In Mathew 28:19, they baptized in thename of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In this case, theHoly Spirit is the third being in the Holy Trinity. Those who believeare baptized using the Holy Spirit, something that occurs when theyreceive Christ. As evidenced in the New Testament, all those whobelieve in Jesus Christ as Lord receives the Holy Spirit. The spiritdwells in them eternally. Being filled with and receiving the spiritare two different aspects. Believers receive the Holy Spirit whenthey get save. In contrast, filling with the Holy Spirit is acontinuous procedure in the life of a Christian.
Throughthe Holy Spirit, believers obtain spiritual gifts or abilities asevidenced in 1Corinthians 12 (McGrath, 2011). They include wisdom,knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, `prophecy, and speaking andinterpretation of tongues among others. The Holy Spirit regenerates,calls, unites, teaches, guides, sanctifies and empowers the believer.He arbitrates Christ’s presence and God’s Knowledge to believers.These indicate the personhood of the Holy Spirit, besides, he isdirectly and closely associated with the Father and the Son as anassociate of worship. The Spirit is divine evidence in hisperformance of Godly works encompassing inspiring scriptures,sustaining life and regenerating hearts. He is eternal thus, inreality, he is God himself.
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