The Doctrine Of The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is one in essence with the Father and Son (Deut. 6:4), yet different in role. We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son (John 14:26; 16:7) to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11). He is called the Spirit of Christ (Rom.8:9; 1 Pet. 1:11) and also the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit has been active in creation (Gen. 1:2), revelation (Is. 61:1-3) empowerment (Ex. 31:2-6), and inward renewal (Ps. 51:10-12). The Spirit regenerates (John 3:5-8), baptizes (1 Cor. 12:13), enlightens (Eph. 1:17,18), teaches (John 14:26), sanctifies (Gal. 5:16-18), seals (Eph. 1:13,14), counsels (John 16:7), and transforms the lives of believers into Christ-likeness (Gal. 5:22,23). The Holy Spirit is the Comforter (John 14:16 KJV) who helps us in our weaknesses by interceding for us when we are too weak and discouraged to pray (Rom. 8:26,27). The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus by showing His disciples who He is (John 16:7-15). We believe the Holy Spirit empowers each believer for ministry (Acts 1:7,8) and is the giver of spiritual gifts (Rom. 12:6-8;1 Cor. 12:7-11; 1 Pet. 4:10,11).

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