By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

ISBN-10: 1429427361

ISBN-13: 9781429427364

ISBN-10: 9004140891

ISBN-13: 9789004140899

This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its glossy charismatic shape has develop into the main noticeable expression of renewal inside of indigenous Christianity. The publication first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, inspite of a gift decline, the AICs have left an everlasting theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. in addition, it bills for the increase of the recent self sufficient church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the overdue Seventies. as well as this, the e-book explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide precious insights into the character of contemporary African Pentecostal spirituality.

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The process of putting on the ‘whole armour of God’ therefore involves much prayer and ritual through which Christians seek the intervention of the power of God’s Holy Spirit in order to ward off evil from their affairs. In the story of the medicine cults, for example, it was widely believed that a number of people took a ‘double insurance’ by remaining as members of mission churches whilst at the same time consulting the cults when in trouble. 10 By articulating a Christian answer to people’s fears and anxieties, the Sunsum sorè managed to surmount this problem.

27 In that respect this work identifies with the position that older independent churches such as the Sunsum sorè bear the characteristics of Pentecostalism observed anywhere. This work therefore classifies them with the groups to which the collective expression, ‘independent indigenous Pentecostal churches/movements’ of Ghana will be applied. Western Mission-Related Pentecostal Denominations The second wave of Pentecostal churches, the Western mission-related Pentecostal denominations, have their roots in indigenous initiatives but became linked quite early with foreign Pentecostal missions.

For Pentecostals generally, a valid criterion of the Spirit’s presence is the manifestation of power. So, like the Pentecostal movement everywhere, the Sunsum sorè felt the absence of power in the contemporary church and saw in their movement God restoring his power in order to equip the church for its earthly mission. Unlike some previous works, this thesis does not view the contribution of the Sunsum sorè to Ghanaian Christianity merely in terms of their being more African than the mission churches.

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