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2. A Pentecostal Approach to Scripture

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Pentecostals bear distinctive witness to a reality and dimension of life in the Holy Spirit, out of which a uniquely Pentecostal approach to Scripture emerges. Some of the key aspects of the reality of life in the Spirit and their import for a Pentecostal approach to Scripture are described in this chapter. The author appreciates Scripture not just as an object which one interprets but as a living Word which interprets oneself and through which the Spirit flows in ways that one cannot dictate, calculate, or program. Pentecostals do see an inseparable interplay between knowledge and lived-experience, where knowing about God and directly experiencing God perpetually inform and depend upon one another. The corporate experience of the faith has been especially vital to Pentecostals. Pentecostal faith is born out of a gathering together of believers and continues to be nurtured and sustained by this same communion of the saints.

Keywords: God's Word; Holy Spirit; lived-experience; Pentecostal faith; Scripture



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