Devotional

The Holy Spirit is a person

A Trinitarian people

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We hold dearly to a Trinitarian people, that God is 3 distinct persons being; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, recognising that each one is fully God, yet there is only one God (Matt 28:19 , 2 Cor 13:14). The Holy Spirit is omnipresent (Ps 139: 7-8) and omniscient (1 Cor 2:10-11) and is active in the process of saving people (Jn 3: 5-7). This shows the Holy Spirit as having the same divine attributes of God. We hold the doctrine that the Holy Spirit is a person. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force. He is our councillor, the same as Jesus is. Scriptures refer to The Holy Spirit as Him or He and that He is capable of intellect (1 Cor 2:12) and emotions (Heb 10:29). The Holy Spirit is a teacher (Jn 14:26) and He can be grieved (Eph 4:30). These attributes are possible if the Holy Spirit is a person

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My church gives considerable attention to the ministry of the Holy Spirit


We believe that people come filled with the Holy Spirit ready to minister. The primary means the Holy Spirit works today is through the preaching of God’s word. The Holy Spirit inspired the word (2 Pet 1:21), He helps us to understand it and He helps to make us more like Jesus. We also believe the Holy Spirit works through people that may share prophetic words, for example, which need to be tested against Scripture and shared to encourage people (1 Thess 5:20-21). We see people serving using their Holy Spirit gifts for building up and edifying the church.


What metaphors are used to describe the Holy Spirit in my church?


The Holy Spirit is described as a councillor and helper (Jn 14:26) the same as Jesus was; He walks with us; He intercedes for us (Rom 8:26) and He stirs up emotions within us that move us to bring glory to the Father. The Holy Spirit is a fire that is poured out on us (Acts 2: 3-4), through the teaching of the gospel that is a regenerating fire that convicts people’s hearts toward repentance and trust in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is described as a dove that came upon Jesus at His baptism (Lk 3:22).


My church emphasises the work of the Holy Spirit


The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit working through the preaching of God’s word to convict people’s hearts to hear the gospel and be saved is emphasised. We emphasise the Holy Spirit’s work in empowering people to witness about Jesus wherever they go. We emphasise the work of the Holy Spirit in enabling God’s people to use their gifts for the encouragement and edification of the body of Christ.


Baptism in the Holy Spirit

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We believe the Holy Spirit is involved in saving people and when we hear the gospel, He does a work of making people spiritually alive. Repenting and putting your faith in Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit all happen together. It is our position that we receive the baptism of the Spirit at the time as salvation and it’s not necessarily separate instances. We believe that people can be filled ongoingly with the Holy Spirit.


Gifts of the Holy Spirit


We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are I here today in full operation as they were in the early church. We believe all the gifts of the Spirit have been given to us and still apply today, there is no biblical precedent or evidence to suggest otherwise. Gifts such as prophecy, healing and working miracles, however, are interpreted under the authority of the Scriptures. Spiritual gifts will only cease to exist when Jesus returns (1 Cor 13: 8-12).

We consider ourselves continuationists in that we believe in the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit and the gifts today, but we emphasise that there is a correct application of those gifts, through faith and obedience and in line with Scripture.

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