What We Believe About the Holy Spirit
About the Deity of the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead (Trinity) and is just as much God as in the Father and the Son. He is commonly referred to and rightly so, as the Spirit of God (I Cor. 3:16; Eph. 1:13; I John 4:2), the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9; I Peter 1:11), and the Spirit of the Lord (II Cor. 3:18). These interchanging titles show the Holy Spirit’s connections within the Trinity. We believe that the Holy Spirit has personality and is a Person, not a thing (John 14:16; 16:7-8;15:26; 16:13). We believe that the Holy Spirit has personality and is a person. He leads, directs, teaches and He lives.
About the Holy Spirit’s Ministry to Mankind:
We believe that the Holy Spirit serves a variety of functions to mankind. His primary ministry to unbelievers is to convict them of sin and convince them of the truth of the gospel of Christ. His ministry to the believer is manifold. He empowers believers (Acts 1:8), He sanctifies them (II Thes. 2:13; I Pet. 1:2), He imparts gifts to them according to His will (I Cor. 12:4;I Cor. 12:11; Heb. 2:4), He provides assurance and security of salvation (assurance – I John.3:24, security – Eph. 1:13-14, and He intercedes in prayer for them according to the will of God (Rom. 8:27). He also dwells in them (I Cor. 3:16) and fills them (Acts 4:31; Eph. 5:18). There are also many other functions that the Spirit serves and provides for the believer.
All believers are instructed to be filled with the Holy Spirit, guided and controlled by Him in all actions and involvements of their lives (Eph. 5:18). We believe that the Spirit-filled believer will yield to God’s will (Gal. 5:16), express the fruit of the Spirit in their daily lifestyle (Gal. 5:22), and practice a life that boldly witnesses for Jesus Christ through their words and deeds (Acts 4:31). In essence, we believe that the evidence of a Spirit-filled believer will be manifested in their daily lifestyle by their exhibition of Spiritual fruit, their daily yielding to the will and power of the Holy Spirit, and their personal and daily witness for Christ.
About the Holy Spirit’s Inspiration of Scripture:
We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures – The Holy Bible. We believe that the Holy Bible contains the full revelation of God and it is the final and absolute authority in all matters related to the church (II Pet. 1:21) as well the personal life of the believer. The Holy Spirit served as the superintendent over the process of biblical writings and doctrine. All scripture was written by the precise direction of the Holy Spirit, and was recorded under his guidance. Without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures would have never been written, and without the illumination of the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures would never be understood (John 16:12-13; I Cor. 2:12-14; II Cor. 4:3-6).