5.1 The Holy Spirit (Pneumatology) (Part1)
The subject of chapter 5 is “How man acquires salvation”. It incorporates:
• the doctrine of the Holy Spirit
• the doctrine of sin
• the doctrine of grace
• the doctrine of redemption.
In the first lesson we will discover what ‘spirit’ meant in the Old and New Testaments, how a pneumatology (doctrine of the Holy Spirit) developed within church history, and what this signifies for faith. Beyond that, we will explore the relationship between the “Holy Spirit” and the “Sacraments: Holy Baptism with water, Holy Sealing, and Holy Communion”.
The term ‘pneumatology’ is derived from two ancient Greek words, namely ‘pneuma’, which means ‘wind’, ‘breath’, or ‘spirit’, and ‘logos’ which means ‘word’, ‘matter’, or ‘teaching’. Pneumatology is a field within systematic theology which centres on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Pneumatology incorporates subjects such as personhood, divinity, and the activity of the Spirit in Holy Scripture and in the congregation.