The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit’s descent upon the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost

On Sundays from April–May, 2019 I’ll be teaching an eight-week series on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I have a surfeit of material prepared beyond what I can actually present and discuss in the limited class time each Sunday morning. So for anyone interested in following along in the rest of my thought, I’ll blog this material for a couple months or so. Of course, you don’t have to attend my class to follow the blog. Whoever you are, welcome!


  1. Trinitarian Spirit—Introducing the essentials of Trinitarian faith by way of reminder, lest it we just say “it goes without saying.”
  2. Complementary Works: Regeneration and Anointing—Reminding ourselves of a twofold hope in the Old Testament, which finds fulfillment in the New.
  3. Works of the Flesh vs. Fruit of the Spirit—Looking at the New Testaments adaptations of vice and virtue lists, and insisting that the fruit of the Spirit must govern our life in the Spirit, including our exercise of the charismata.
  4. Gifts of the Spirit—Collating the various gift lists in the New Testament as “speaking” and “serving” and explaining what each looks like when suffused with fruit of the Spirit and warning what it might look like when polluted with the works of the flesh.
  5. Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts—Focusing on the distinctive contribution that Luke makes to our understanding of how the Holy Spirit works, comparing and contrasting that with the emphases in Pauline theology.
  6. An Argument against Cessationism—Arguing that the notion that all or certain of the more “miraculous” gifts of the Spirit ceased sometime after the apostolic age.
  7. Pentecostal Exhortation and Evangelical Caution—An exhortation to earnestly desire the greater gifts and faithfully minister in all the gifts God distributes, and to do so within the parameters of a robust biblically faithful evangelical faith.

Author: Dale A. Brueggemann

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