The Missionary Nature of Tongues in the Book of Acts
Keywords:Holy Spirit, tongues, glossolalia, pnuematology, missions, holism, missionary
This essay explores the way in which Luke presents tongues speech in Acts as the overcoming of crucial barriers to the forward movement of the Gospel in the Spirit’s power to the nations. In contrast to the fairly recent turn to holistic missions among many Pentecostal scholars, I argue that glossolalia represents strong support in Luke’s second volume for the narrow sense of missions that characterized the apostolic church and the beginnings of the modern Pentecostal movement. This perspective is argued for on the basis of the literary structure of Acts and various hindrances regarding the disciples movement to the nations.
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