The Pentecost Event in Acts 2: Significance for Contemporary Christian Missions

AUTHORS : Paul Kang-Ewala Diboro
ISSUE: June 2019 Volume 1 Number 2 Article 10
PAGES : 100 – 111
DOI : 10.32051/06241910

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Abstract

The Pentecost Event in Acts of the Apostles has been interpreted from many perspectives within the context of the Pentecost text. Accordingly, the issues raised from the interpretations focused on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, empowerment for missions, the emphasis on the vernacular language for the apprehension and comprehension of the Christian faith among others. These issues are based on the interpretation of the happenings on the day of Pentecost in Acts. This article attempts to draw attention to the significance of Pentecost Event in the light of contemporary Christian missions particularly in Africa. The article engages the Pentecost narrative or text (Acts 2:1-13) critically and exegetically to unearth its contemporary significance. It argues that, the happenings on the day of Pentecost is the root of Pentecostalism. Some theological and linguistic, missiological and ecclesiological significance are noted and discussed.

Author Biodata: PAUL KANG-EWALA DIBORO MPhil, is a Lecturer in New Testament Studies in the Department of Theology, Christian Service University College, Kumasi-Ghana and a Pastor at the Rock of Praise Church, Obuasi – Ghana.