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Statement of Faith: The Holy Spirit

           The deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Romans 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

           The Holy Spirit is not a force but a person who speaks (Acts 13:2); can be grieved (Eph. 4:30); has a will (1 Cor. 12:11).

           The Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). Some of the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while by no means outside of the Spirit’s ability to empower now, no longer function to the same degree they did in the development and establishment of the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11;2 Corinthians 12:12;Ephesians 2:20;4:7-12).  He is not particularly visible in the Bible because His ministry is to bear witness of Jesus (John 15:26).

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