What Do We Believe? The Holy SpiritWe believe that the Holy Spirit is God actively present in the world and He is God revealing Himself and His will to man. The Spirit therefore is the voice of divine authority and His authority is the will of Christ. The Scriptures came into being as men inspired by the Spirit spoke for God. He convicts men of sin and of righteousness and of judgment, thus making effective for individual salvation and the saving work of Christ. He abides in the heart of the believer, acting as man's advocate with God and God's interpreter to man. He calls the believer to trust and obedience and thereby produces in his life the fruits of holiness and love.
The Spirit seeks to achieve God's will and purpose among men. He empowers Christians for the work of ministry and sanctifies and preserves the redeemed for the praise of Christ. He calls for a free and dynamic response to the Lordship of Christ and for a creative and faithful obedience to the word of God.
The promise of the infilling of the Holy Spirit is for every believer. "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire" (St. Luke 3:16). "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2: 39). The initial physical evidence of this infilling is the same essence as the gift of tongues (I Cor. 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use. We believe that this experience should be the beginning of a life of ever-increasing power. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8, I Cor.14:21; Isa. 28:11; St. Matt 3:11).
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