Kingdom of God and Pneumatology

The unit Kingdom of God and Pneumatology aims to familiarise students with a theology of the Kingdom of God that is relevant to the situations they find themselves experiencing in life and ministry. It presents a third-wave theology of both the Kingdom of God and spiritual gifts and encourages the comparison of this theological perspective with other viewpoints. It looks at practical implications of the “inaugurated eschatology” of the Kingdom and presents an understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit and how we partner with the Spirit in walking out our kingdom life.  The unit is an Elective unit and may form part of a Major in the Discipline of Pastoral Theology within the Bachelor awards.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points






Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the core elements of Kingdom of God theology as expressed in a range of different views on the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering Christians for ministry;
  2. Articulate ways of balancing the tensions within a “Now-But-Not-Yet” theology of the Kingdom of God;
  3. Review a range of primary and secondary literature relevant to Kingdom of God theology;
  4. Critically review the ways in which prophecy and the spiritual gifts are employed in the local church;
  5. Establish a set of principles for a theologically supported program of “3rd Wave” ministry practices in a local church context.
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