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By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its glossy charismatic shape has turn 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, even with a gift decline, the AICs have left an everlasting theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. additionally, it bills for the increase of the hot self reliant church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the past due Seventies. as well as this, the booklet explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide necessary insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.

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The belief in and practice of ‘prevailing prayer’ survived the changes taking place within Anim’s group. Thus, when McKeown arrived, the group was still holding on tenaciously to their faith healing practices. Faith healing is used here to mean belief in the doctrine that regards as sin the use of medicine and prophylactic substances for the healing of sickness. Consequently, Anim’s group believed that Christians should look only to Jesus for healing or risk perishing in hell fire. The group therefore felt let down when the missionary McKeown, who was expected to exercise stronger faith, sought hospital treatment during a severe bout of malaria.

In fulfilment of this promise, James McKeown arrived as the first resident missionary of the Apostolic Church in the then Gold Coast in 1937. The belief in and practice of ‘prevailing prayer’ survived the changes taking place within Anim’s group. Thus, when McKeown arrived, the group was still holding on tenaciously to their faith healing practices. Faith healing is used here to mean belief in the doctrine that regards as sin the use of medicine and prophylactic substances for the healing of sickness.

25 Joachim Wach, ‘The Meaning and Task of the History of Religions, (“Religionswissenschaft”)’, in Russell T. ), The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion, 86. 26 Christine Trevett, Montanism: Gender, Authority and the New Prophecy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 39. 22 chapter one Bible. Not only do the churches explain their spirituality as resonating with biblical patterns, but in fact there is also no vernacular translation of the biblical expression ‘Pentecost’. — are the result of being ‘possessed by the Holy Spirit’, Sunsum sorè (that is, churches of the Spirit) seem to observers and the churches concerned a more appropriate expression of their experiences, central beliefs and theological orientation.

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