Everything that we believe about "The Holy Spirit"
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is the comforter that Jesus Christ sent to us when ascending to Heaven, after His death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives assures us of our relationship with Jesus Christ. He guides believers into all truth and convicts us of our sin. He comforts us, gifts us with spiritual gifts, and continually develops us to be more like Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11, 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3; Mark 1:10, Luke 1:35, 4:1, 11:13, 12:12; John 15:26, 16:7-14; Act 1:8, 2:1-4, 13:2; Romans 8:9-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the working power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that enables us to live a godly life.
Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:11
BAPTISM/INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Initiated at Pentecost, this ongoing baptism (or infilling) is the promise of the Father, given by Jesus Christ after His ascension, to empower believers with boldness to communicate God’s Word throughout the whole earth.
Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Book of Acts
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and grow the church. These gifts always operate in harmony with God’s Word and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.
Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; Ephesians