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Heritage School of Theology Offers Fall 2008 Course-- The Biblical Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
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This course is designed to lead the student in an in-depth study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Attention is given first to the personality and deity of the Spirit, followed by His ministries in creation, revelation, and redemption. The Holy Spirit’s ministry on behalf of Old Testament and New Testament believers is compared and contrasted. Finally, careful study is given to the spiritual life of the believer, spiritual gifts, and the charismatic controversy.

After completing this course, the student should be able to:
•Present the biblical evidence for the personality of the Holy Spirit;
•Defend the deity of the Holy Spirit from Scripture;
•Understand the Spirit’s work in creation, revelation, inspiration, and illumination;
•Compare and contrast the Spirit’s work in the OT and NT eras;
•Grasp the significance of Pentecost in relation to the NT-era work of the Spirit;
•Explain the Spirit’s initial and ongoing work in saving and sanctifying believers;
•Understand the biblical teaching on the baptism and filling ministries of the Spirit;
•Define spiritual gifts and discuss their extent and purpose for believers;
•Defend from Scripture the cessationist view of the miraculous sign gifts.

•Bruner, Frederick D. A Theology of the Holy Spirit. Grand Rapids: Williaim B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1970.
•Smeaton, George. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. 1889. Reprint, Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1974.

Note: In addition to the required reading above, additional handouts and texts will be suggested as additional reading. At the end of this syllabus, a list of suggested reading is provided. These books are not part of the required material for the course. They have been included solely to point interested students to more comprehensive and in-depth treatments of the subjects covered in this course.

• Attend and participate in lectures
• Complete all readings.
• Submit a research paper according to the specifications in student handbook
• Final examination (cumulative and comprehensive)


Week One The Biblical Teaching on the Holy Spirit – Old Testament (Smeaton, 1-50; Bruner, 7-34)

Week Two The Biblical Teaching on the Holy Spirit – New Testament (Smeaton, 51, 99; Bruner, 35-55)

Week Three Patristic Teaching on the Holy Spirit (Smeaton, 100-145; Bruner, 56-129)

Week Four Patristic Teaching on the Holy Spirit (Smeaton, 146-174;
Bruner, 130-152)

Week Five The Person and Deity of the Holy Spirit (Smeaton, 175-220; Bruner, 153-203)

Week Six The Work of the Spirit and Christ (Smeaton, 221, 290; Bruner, 204-224)

Week Seven The Work of the Spirit and Revelation and Inspiration(Smeaton, 291-317; Bruner, 225-284)

Week Eight The Work of the Spirit and Regeneration (Smeaton, 317-346; Bruner, 285-322)

Week Nine The Work of the Spirit and Sanctification (Smeaton, 346-386; Bruner, 323-341)

Week Ten The Work of the Spirit and the Church – Pentecost, Baptism of the Spirit, and Infilling (no reading)

Week Eleven The Work of the Spirit and the Church – Pentecost, Baptism of the Spirit, and Infilling (no reading)


Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1949.
Buchanan, James. The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit. London: Banner of Truth, 1966.

Churchill, Robert K. Glorious is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed & Publishing Company, 1978.

Gaffin, Richard B. Perspectives on Pentecost. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company, 1979.

Hodge, Charles. Systematic Theology. 3 vols. Reprint, Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, n.d.

Knight, Geroge W., III. Prophesy in the New Testament. Dallas: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 988.

Kuyper, Abraham. The Work of the Holy Spirit. Translated from Dutch with explanatory notes by Henri De Vries, with an introduction by Benjamin B. Warfield. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1956.

Macleod, Donald. The Promise of the Spirit. Tain, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 1986.

Murray, John. Principles of Conduct. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1957.

________. Redemption Accomplished and Applied. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1955.

Owen, John. The Works of John Owen. Vols. 3-6. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth. Reprint of William Gould Edition, 1965-1966.

Packer, J. I. Keep in Step with the Spirit. Old Tappan, NJ: Revel, 1984.

Ridderbos, Herman. Paul: An Outline of His Theology. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1975.

Stott, J. R. W. Baptism & Fullness of the Holy Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1975.

Swete, H. B. The Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1964.

Vaughan, C. R. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1975, reprint of 1884 edition.

Wells, David. God the Evangelist. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1985.
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