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4. Yielding to the Spirit: A Pentecostal Approach to Group Bible Study

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This chapter contributes to the discussion on a paradigm for a Pentecostal approach to small group Bible study. It attempts to build this paradigm upon a Pentecostal epistemology that is grounded first in the biblical understanding of coming 'to know' God and second in a dialogue with the epistemology of praxis. The chapter suggests that contrary to the experiential and relational nature of their faith, Pentecostals routinely dichotomize the content of Scripture from the learning processes which are reflected in Scripture. Drawing on the dialogue with praxis and using the historic language of Pentecostalism, the chapter proposes an approach to Bible study which includes four interactive movements: Sharing the Testimony, Searching the Scriptures, Yielding to the Spirit, and Responding to the Call. The four movements are structured around the functions of the Paraclete as set forth in John's Gospel and should be viewed as interactive moments.

Keywords: group Bible study; Holy Spirit; John's Gospel; Paraclete; Pentecostalism; praxis; Scripture; Yada



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