The Missionary Nature of Tongues in the Book of Acts

Authors

  • Jerry Michael Ireland University of Valley Forge

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pent.37954

Keywords:

Holy Spirit, tongues, glossolalia, pnuematology, missions, holism, missionary

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Jerry Michael Ireland, University of Valley Forge

Jerry Michael Ireland is Department Chair for Ministry, Leadership and Theology at the University of Valley Forge, Phoenixville, PA, USA. Publications include Evangelism and Social Concern in the Theology of Carl F. H. Henry (Pickwick 2015) and For the Love of God: Principles and Practice of Compassion in Missions (Wipf and Stock, 2017) and coeditor of the forthcoming Dictionary of Pentecostal Missions (T. & T. Clark).

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Published

2019-11-20

How to Cite

Ireland, J. M. (2019). The Missionary Nature of Tongues in the Book of Acts. PentecoStudies, 18(2), 200-223. https://doi.org/10.1558/pent.37954

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