Pentecostal Theology

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The course is an overview of global Pentecostalism and will address the dynamics that led to the rise of the Pentecostal movement around the world. The lenses through which this course will be examined include the history of Pentecostalism, the sociology of Pentecostalism, the theology of Pentecostalism and the globalization of Pentecostalism. Students in the course will be challenged to undertake original research projects on issues and persons that contributed to these movements worldwide.


By successfully completing this course, students will:


  1. Become familiar with the perennial issues in Pentecostal theology.
  2. Identify ways in which Pentecostal theology is developing today to influence all areas of theology.
  3. Become aware of the theological diversity within the global Pentecostal movement.


  1. Appreciate and be able to articulate classical Pentecostal teachings on Spirit Baptism, speaking in tongues, and the gifts of the Spirit.
  2. Increase their ability to preach and teach effectively on Pentecostal themes.


  1. Motivated toward greater reliance upon the Holy Spirit in every aspect of one’s life and ministry.
  2. Gain confidence in the biblical and theological integrity of Pentecostal theology.


REQUIRED READING (ATA recommends that an MDiv student should read at least 750 pages during the course of any subject).

  1. Allan Anderson, An Introduction to Pentecostalism: Global Charismatic Christianity (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
  2. Frank Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit: a Global Pentecostal Theology (Zondervan, 2006). 
  3. Donald E. Miller and Testunao Yamamori, Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement (University of California, 2007). 
  4. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, ed., The Spirit in the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts (Eerdmans, 2009). 
  5. Allan Anderson,, eds., Studying Global Pentecostalism: Theories and Methods (University of California, 2010). 
  6. Bauman, Chad M., Pentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India (Oxford: OUP, 2015)
  7. Lukose, Wessly, “Contextual Missiology of the Spirit”, PhD Thesis
  8. Abraham, Shaibu, “Ordinary Indian Pentecostal Christology,” PhD Thesis
  9. Samuel, Joy T, “The Pneumatic Experiences of the Indian Neo-Charismatics,” PhD Thesis
  10. Philip, Finny, Christological Nuances in Bhil Pentecostal Theology, in Global Renewal Christianity, Vinson Synan and Amos Yong, FL: Charisma House, 2015
  11. Mathew, Thomson K. Indian Pentecostalism in Kerala and the Diaspora: Living Locally Defined Holiness in a Globalized World, in Global Renewal Christianity, Vinson Synan and Amos Yong, FL: Charisma House, 2015.


  1. Abraham, Sara. “Indian Pentecostal Church of God and Its Indigenous Nature.” In Christianity Is Indian: The Emergence of an Indigenous Community, edited by Roger E. Hedlund, 445-458. Delhi: ISPCK, 2000.
  2. Alexander, Kimberly Ervin. Pentecostal Healing: Models in Theology and Practice. JPTSup, 29. Blandford Forum: Deo, 2006.
  3. Althouse, Peter, and Robby Waddell, ed. Perspectives in Pentecostal Eschatologies: World Without End. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.
  4. Archer, Kenneth J. A Pentecostal Hermeneutic for the Twenty-first Century: Spirit, Scripture, and Community. JPTSup, 28. London: T & T Clark, 2004.
  5. Augustine, Daniela C. Pentecost, Hospitality, and Transfiguration: Toward a Spirit-inspired Vision of Social Transformation. Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012.  
  6. Bergunder, Michael. “Miracle, Healing and Exorcism: The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Context of Popular Hinduism.” International Review Mission 90, no. 356/357 (2001): 103-12.
  7. Brand, Chad Owen, ed. Perspectives on Spirit Baptism: Five Views. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2004.
  8. Burgess, Stanley M., and Eduard M. Van der Maas, eds. New International Dictionary of  Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, Revised Expanded Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.  
  9. Burgess, Stanley M., ed. Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  10. Butler, Daniel L. Oneness Pentecostalism: A History of the Jesus Name Movements. Cerritos, CA: Daniel L. Butler, 2004.
  11. Castelo, Daniel. Pentecostalism as a Christian Mystical Tradition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.
  12. Chan, Simon. Pentecostal Ecclesiology: An Essay on the Development of Doctrine. JPTSup, 38. Blandford Forum: Deo, 2011.
  13. Chan, Simon. Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition. Sheffield: Sheffield  Academic Press, 2000.
  14. Dayton, Donald W. The Theological Roots of Pentecostalism. Grand Rapids: Francis Asbury Press, 1987.
  15. Green, Chris E. W. Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord’s Supper: Foretasting the Kingdom. Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012.
  16. Hollenweger, Walter J. Pentecostalism: Origins and Developments Worldwide. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1997.
  17. Horton, Stanley M., ed. Systematic Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective. Rev. ed. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1995.
  18. Hunter, Harold D. and Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians. London: Paternoster Press, 2006.
  19. Hunter, Harold D. Spirit Baptism: A Pentecostal Alternative. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2009.
  20. Jacobsen, Douglas, ed. A Reader in Pentecostal Theology: Voices From the First Generation. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2006.
  21. Jacobsen, Douglas. Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2003.
  22. Johns, Cheryl Bridges. Pentecostal Formation: A Pedagogy among the Oppressed. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993.
  23. Kärkkäinen, Vali-Matti, ed. The Spirit of the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009.
  24. Kärkkäinen, Vali-Matti. Toward a Pneumatological Theology: Pentecostal and Ecumenical Perspectives on Ecclesiology, Soteriology, and Theology of Mission. Edited by Amos Yong. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.
  25. Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti, and Amos Yong. Toward a Pneumatological Theology : Pentecostal and Ecumenical Perspectives on Ecclesiology, Soteriology, and Theology of Mission. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.
  26. Land, Steven J. Pentecostal Spirituality: A Passion for the Kingdom. JPTSup, 1. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993.
  27. Lim, David. Spiritual Gifts: A Fresh Look. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1991. 
  28. Ma, Julie C., and Wonsuk Ma, ed. Mission in the Spirit: Towards a Pentecostal/Charismatic Missiology. Regnum Studies in Mission. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011. 
  29. Macchia, Frank D. Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.
  30. McGee, Gary B., ed. Initial Evidence: Historical and Biblical Perspectives on the Pentecostal Doctrine of Spirit Baptism. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1991.
  31. Mittelstadt, Martin W. The Spirt and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology. JPTSup, 26. London: T & T Clark, 2004.
  32. Noel, Bradley. Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics: Comparisons and Contemporary Impact. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010.
  33. Pulikottil, Paulson. “One God, One Spirit, Two Memories: A Postcolonial Reading of the Encounter between Western Pentecostalism and Native Pentecostalism in Kerala” In The Spirit in the World. Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts. Edited by Velimatti Karkainen. (Grand Rapids: WmB Eerdmans, 2009), pages 69-88. 2006
  34. Reed, David A. “In Jesus’ Name:” The History and Beliefs of Oneness Pentecostals. JPTSup, 31. Blandford Forum, UK: Deo, 2008.
  35. Richie, Tony. Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today. Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013.
  36. Shaull, Richard and Waldo Cesar, Pentecostalism and the future of the Christian Churches. Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.
  37. Snaitang, O. L. “The Indigenous Pentecostal Movement in Northeast India.” Dharma Deepika 6, no. 2 (2002): 5-11.
  38. Spittler, Russell P., ed. Perspectives on the New Pentecostalism. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1976. Stephen, M. Towards a Pentecostal Theology and Ethics. Kottayam: Christhava Bodhi, 1999.
  39. Studebaker, Steven M. From Pentecost to the Triune God: A Pentecostal Trinitarian Theology. Pentecostal Manifestos. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.
  40. Studebaker, Steven M., ed. Defining Issues in Pentecostalism: Classical and Emergent. McMaster Theological Studies Series, 1. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2008.
  41. Thomas, John Christopher, ed. Toward a Pentecostal Ecclesiology: The Church and the Fivefold Gospel. Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2010.
  42. Thomas, V.V. Dalit Pentecostalism – Spirituality of the Empowered Poor. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2008.
  43. Thompson, Matthew K. Kingdom Come: Revisioning Pentecostal Eschatology. JPTSup, 37. Blandford Forum: Deo, 2010.
  44. Vondey, Wolfgang. Pentecostal Theology: Living the Full Gospel. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017.
  45. Warrington, Keith. Pentecostal Theology: A Theology of Encounter. New York: Continuum, 2008.
  46. Yong, Amos. Discerning the Spirit(s): A Pentecostal-Charismatic Contribution to Christian Theology of Religions. JPTSup, 20. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.
  47. Yong, Amos. Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014.
  48. Yong, Amos. The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal- Charismatic Imagination. Pentecostal Manifestos. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.
  49. Yong, Amos. The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: World Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005.


  • Students are expected to attend each sessions of the course. Absences, will result in a reduction in the participant’s grade. Absence from more than three classes will automatically result in the participant being withdrawn from the course, and the final evaluation will so reflect. 
  • All participants are expected to actively engage the course material and class discussions. Class participation forms an element of the grade for participants taking the course. 
  • Participants are expected to always show the utmost courtesy and respect for others participating in the course 


(ATA recommends that an MDiv student should write a minimum of 2500 words during the course of a subject).
  1. Book Review: 500-800 words 15%

Write a critical book review of Frank Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit: a Global Pentecostal Theology (Zondervan, 2006).

Dayton, Donald W. The Theological Roots of Pentecostalism. Grand Rapids: Francis Asbury Press, 1987.

Or Land, Steven J. Pentecostal Spirituality: A Passion for the Kingdom. JPTSup, 1. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993.

The review needs to concentrate more on the ideas than on the details. Talk about (1) the author’s overall theme and thesis of the book, (2) the author’s purpose and/or agenda of the book, (3) the book’s structure and/or order of the materials and its relation to the purpose of the book, (4) the book’s strengths and shortcomings, and (5) the book’s contributions and implications. To address these areas, you will need to include some content, but try to focus on the main issues that the author raises and deals with.

2. Essay/Research Paper: 2000 Words, 25%.

You may write on any topic that relates to the content that has been covered in this course. Research papers should include a thesis statement that you aim to support by means of the arguments in your paper. Although you are most welcome to choose other topics, here are some possible topics:

    1. Pentecostalism and some aspect of Systematic Theology (e.g., Ecclesiology, Theology of Religions)

    2. Pentecostal Eschatology

    3. Healing in Pentecostal Theology

    4. Suffering and/or Prosperity in Pentecostal Theology

    5. An Assessment of the Oneness Pentecostal View of God

    6. Sanctification in Holiness Pentecostalism

    7. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Subsequence

    8. The Meaning of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

    9. The Significance of Speaking in Tongues for Prayer

    10. The Doctrine of Initial Evidence 

Citing References
In all assigned work, proper style guidelines must be used and followed exactly; failure to do so will render the submitted assignment unacceptable. For proper citation style, consult the FBC Style Guide or the full edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Seventh Edition, especially chapters 5 and 6 for arrangement of entries through in-text citations and Works Cited.

Academic Integrity
Integrity in academic work is required of all our students. Academic dishonesty is any breach of this integrity and includes such practices as cheating (the use of unauthorized material on tests and examinations), submitting the same work for different classes without permission of the instructors; using false information (including false references to secondary sources) in an assignment; improper or unacknowledged collaboration with other students, and plagiarism.

FBC takes seriously its responsibility to uphold academic integrity, and to penalize academic dishonesty. 

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