Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts (#26 in Journal Of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series)
"In this work, Martin Mittelstadt explores the tension between divine empowerment and the neglected element of the Spirit within the context of Luke-Acts. His starting point is the literary analysis of Luke's theology through which contemporary pentecostals are encouraged to...
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"In this work, Martin Mittelstadt explores the tension between divine empowerment and the neglected element of the Spirit within the context of Luke-Acts. His starting point is the literary analysis of Luke's theology through which contemporary pentecostals are encouraged to pursue the fullness of the Spirit and engagement with the world around them. However, he goes on to show that far from being simply empowering, for Luke this Spirit-led witness ultimately proves costly and results in both suffering and persecution by opponents of Jesus and his message. This challenges the notion of an idealized and romanticized gospel from the perspective of a specifically Lukan Jesus who not only transfers the Spirit to his disciples but also anticipates a similar fate for his followers. In response to this, and building upon a solid base of Pentecostal scholarship, Mittelstadt looks to provide a way forward for theologians and practitioners alike."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This work illuminates the tension between divine empowering and the neglected element of the work of the Spirit in contexts of opposition. This lacuna, not addressed in previous Pentecostal scholarship, is at the heart of Mittelstadt's exegesis. Thus, Jesus not only lives and ministers in the power of the Holy Spirit, but also experiences opposition and persecution as a man of the Spirit. Further, the Lukan Jesus not only transfers the Spirit to his disciples, but also anticipates a similar fate for his followers. Finally, Luke forecasts that this divine enablement of the Spirit, also available for future witnesses, brings with it a similar anticipation of the same rejection and opposition as was experienced by Jesus and the disciples. While Pentecostals owe a debt of gratitude for the pioneering work of Pentecostal scholars, this book furthers their efforts by exploring the implications of Spirit-led witness in Luke-Acts.
Martin W. Mittelstadt received his Ph.D. from the University of Marquette and is currently Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Evangel University, USA.
- Introduction; 1. The Emergence Of Pentecostal Scholarship: Challenge And Neglect; 2. The Convergence Of The Spirit And Suffering; 2.1 Simeon's Preview Of The Gospel Message (lk. 2.5-35); 2.2 Jesus In Nazareth: A Preview Of Jesus' Ministry (lk. 4.16-30); 2.3 Jesus Prepares His Disciples (lk. 12.1-12); 2.4 The Apostles Meet Resistance (acts 3-5); 2.5 Stephen - The First Christian Martyr (acts 6-7); 2.6 Paul - Spirit-led Witness Par Excellence (acts 20); 3. Implications For A Pentecostal Pneumatology; 4. Methodology: A Literary Analysis; 14; Chapter 1: Spirit And Suffering: Preliminary Questions; 1. Persecution In Luke-acts; 2. Pentecostal Neglect; 2.1 Roger Stronstad; 2.2 Howard Ervin; 2.3 James Shelton; 2.4 Robert Menzies; Chapter 2: Jesus And The Spirit; 1. Simeon: A Preview Of The Gospel Message (lk. 2.25-35); 1.1 Context: The Lukan Birth Narrative; 1.2 Simeon: Virtuous Character And Spirit-led; 1.3 The Second Oracle (lk. 2.34-35); 1.31 Prophetic Division; 1.32 "a Sign That Will Be Opposed"; 1.33 Thoughts Revealed; 1.34 Mary And The Sword Of Discrimination; 1.4 The Programmatic Nature Of Simeon's Oracle; 1.5 Pentecostal Neglect; 1.6 A Pentecostal Response; 2. Jesus In Nazareth: A Preview Of Jesus' Ministry (lk. 4.16-30); 2.1 Context: The Ministry Of Jesus; 2.2 Jesus: Full Of The Spirit; 2.3 Implicit Rejection: "is Not This Joseph's Son?"; 2.4 Jesus' Response: The Rejection Of Elijah And Elisha; 2.5 Explicit Rejection: Attempted Murder; 2.6 Pentecostal Neglect; 2.7 A Pentecostal Response; 3. Jesus Prepares His Disciples (lk. 12.1-12); 3.1 Context: Jesus' Journey To Jerusalem; 3.2 The Pharisees And Hypocrisy (lk. 12.1-3); 3.3 The Disciples: Warning And Encouragement (lk. 12.4-7); 3.4 Future Endurance Against Blasphemy (12.8-10); 3.5 Witness And The Promise Of The Spirit (lk. 12.11-12); 3.6 Pentecostal Neglect; 3.7 A Pentecostal Response; Chapter 3: The Disciples And The Spirit; 1. Peter, John And The Disciples: Initial Persecution; 1.1 Context: The Emerging Disciples; 1.2 Witness Gives Rise To Conflict (acts 4.1-22); 1.3 The Spirit Inspires Boldness (acts 4.23-31); 1.4 Witness And Conflict: A Repeat Performance (acts 5.17-42); 1.5 Pentecostal Neglect; 1.6 A Pentecostal Response; 2. Stephen: Spirit-led Martyr (acts 6.1-8.4); 2.1 Stephen: Excellent Character And Full Of The Spirit; 2.2 Context: Charges Against Stephen; 2.3 Stephen's Speech: A History Of Rejection (acts 7.2-53); 2.4 Stephen - The Martyr: Rejection Continues (acts 7.54-60); 2.5 Implications For The Emerging Church (acts 8.1-3); 2.6 Pentecostal Neglect; 2.7 A Pentecostal Response; 3. Paul: A Spirit-led Witness Par Excellence; 192; 3.1 A Survey Of Paul's Ministry; 3.2 Paul's Farewell Address: A Deliberative Speech (acts 20.17-38); 3.3 The Example Of Paul's Life (acts 20.17-27); 3.31 "bound By The Spirit" (acts 20.22); 3.32 Paul, The Spirit, And The Community (acts 21); 3.4 Paul's Exhortation (acts 20.18-35); 3.5 Universal Implication; 3.6 Pentecostal Neglect; 3.7 A Pentecostal Response;