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Spirit and PowerThe Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism$
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Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, and Richard Flory

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199920570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920570.001.0001

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Prophecy, Empowerment, and Godly Love

Prophecy, Empowerment, and Godly Love

The Spirit Factor in the Growth of Pentecostalism

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Spirit and Power

Margaret M. Poloma

Matthew T. Lee

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the dynamic role of prophecy and prophetic prayer in the growth of global Pentecostalism. It reviews the relationship posited by some theologians, missiologists, and social scientists between experiences of the Spirit and the phenomenal growth of a movement in which “power evangelism” – Spirit-led ministry from its earliest Azusa Street days to the present – has been central. Using qualitative data collected from interviews from Pentecostal exemplars and statistical findings from a national American survey, Poloma and Lee proceed to demonstrate the dynamic interaction between prophecy and human response through the lens of godly love, a theoretical model that relates perceptions of a divine calling, empowerment, and human benevolence. In framing pentecostal mission as a specific form of benevolence, this analysis of prophecy and pentecostal mission complements the work of William Kay presented in the previous chapter.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism (and): prophecy, prayer, healing, experience, empowerment

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