Charismatic Theology of Luke







6 Weeks





This course explores the major theological themes present in the Gospel of Luke, focusing on its unique perspective on charismatic theology. It aims to understand the distinctive contribution of Luke’s Gospel to the New Testament and its relevance to contemporary Christian faith and practice. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the Holy Spirit, universal salvation, compassion and forgiveness, the reversal of fortunes, and the journey motif as key elements of Luke’s narrative.


At the end of the course, students will be able to gain:


  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the theological themes in the Gospel of Luke.
  • Recognize the unique elements of charismatic theology as presented in Luke.
  • Understand the historical and cultural context of Luke’s Gospel.
  • Know the diverse interpretations of the theological themes in Luke and formulate personal theological positions.


  • Analyze and interpret the charismatic elements in Luke’s Gospel.
  • Apply the theological insights from Luke to modern Christian practice and ministry.
  • Engage in theological reflection on the themes of the Holy Spirit, salvation, and compassion in Luke.
  • Evaluate the use of Luke’s theological themes in contemporary church and theological disciplines.


  • Appreciate the depth and diversity of theological thought in Luke’s Gospel.
  • Develop a vision to integrate the insights from Luke into contemporary socio-political and ecclesiastical settings.
  • Cultivate an appreciation for the transformative power of the Holy Spirit as depicted in Luke.
  • Appreciate the relevance and power of Luke’s theological themes for abundant living in the contemporary world.



Primary Texts:

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. “The Gospel According to Luke I-IX.” Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, Yale University Press, 1970.

Green, Joel B. “The Gospel of Luke.” New International Commentary on the New Testament, Eerdmans, 1997.

Marshall, I. Howard. “The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text.” New International Greek Testament Commentary, Eerdmans, 1978.

Nolland, John. “Luke 1-9:20.” Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 35A, Zondervan, 1989.

Stein, Robert H. “Luke.” New American Commentary, B&H Publishing Group, 1992.

Talbert, Charles H. “Reading Luke: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Third Gospel.” Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2002.

Theological Studies and Contextual Analysis

Dunn, James D.G. “Jesus and the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus and the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament.” Eerdmans, 1975.

Turner, Max. “Power from on High: The Spirit in Israel’s Restoration and Witness in Luke-Acts.” Sheffield Academic Press, 1996.

Stronstad, Roger. “The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke: Trajectories from the Old Testament to Luke-Acts.” Baker Academic, 2012.

Menzies, Robert P. “Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts.” T&T Clark, 2004.

Keener, Craig S. “Acts: An Exegetical Commentary.” Baker Academic, 2012-2015.

Historical and Cultural Context:

Bock, Darrell L. “Luke (2 Volumes): Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.” Baker Academic, 1994-1996.

Evans, Craig A. “Luke (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series).” Baker Books, 2011.

Charismatic Theology and Contemporary Application

Yong, Amos. “Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity.” Baylor University Press, 2014.

Cartledge, Mark J. “Charismatic Glossolalia: An Empirical-Theological Study.” Ashgate, 2002.


We anticipate our students to have varied viewpoints which will enrich the discussions in our learning community. Therefore, we ask our students to be charitable and respectful in their interactions with each other, and to remain focused on the topic of discussion, out of respect to others who have committed to being a part of this learning community.


Weekly Assignments:

  • Written Responses: Short written responses (200 words each) based on weekly readings and lectures. To be submitted at the end of each week.
  • Discussion Questions: Weekly discussion questions to facilitate engagement with the material.
  • Quizzes: Weekly quizzes (25 questions each) to assess understanding of key concepts.

Final Research Paper:

  • A 1500-2000 word paper on the topic; “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts: A Theological Exploration”. The paper should include a cover page, footnotes, and a bibliography. Keep in mind the following guidelines on how to organized the assignment when writing.
      1. Introduction
      2. Analysis of Key Passages
      3. Theological Themes
      4. Comparison with Other Synoptic Gospels
      5. Contemporary Application:
      6. Conclusion

Book Review:

  • A 400-500 word review of book; Stronstad, Roger.The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke: Trajectories from the Old Testament to Luke-Acts. Baker Academic, 2012.


Weekly Assignments: 25%
Discussion Questions: 15%
Weekly Quizzes: 10%
Final Research Paper: 30%
Book Review: 20%

Course Content

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Introduction to Charismatic Theology and Luke’s Narrative
The Holy Spirit and Jesus’ Ministry in Luke
The Acts of the Apostles - The Holy Spirit and the Early Church
Charismatic Leadership and Community in Acts
Theological Implications and Modern Application

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