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Pentecostal Ecclesiology

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The global growth of Pentecostalism has been reflected in the Australian context, with the movement in this country growing to over a quarter of a million people during the course of the century. Pentecostalism is a movement of churches,which share a common identity based on the experience and doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, evidenced by, or associated with, the gift of tongues. Commonly, ecclesiology is constituted by the establishment of an ecclesial ideal that either frames, or should frame, ecclesial identity. Ecclesiology focuses on that which is supposedly essential to church, or Pentecostal ecclesiology focuses on that which is essential to Pentecostal churches, and disregards or minimises the importance of institution and praxis. The culture and structures of classical conservative churches are often justified by reference to faith claims about the divine origin of the church and its institutions.

Keywords: Australian context; baptism; Pentecostal churches; Pentecostal ecclesiology



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