What We Believe (4 of 6):
This is the fourth doctrinal statement of this series and deals with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, co-eternal and co-equal with the Father and the Son (John 14:6; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). Although the Holy Spirit was actively present in the world in the Old Testament, He became resident in the world on the day of Pentecost having been sent by the Father and the Son (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26). He convicts the unsaved of their need of Christ. He regenerates, baptizes, indwells and seals all those whom He brings to faith. He teaches the believer, whom He leads into spiritual maturity through the knowledge of Christ and empowers through His filling ministry (John 16:7-11; Romans 5:5; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 3:16; 4:30; 5:18; I John 2:27). He effectively calls and regenerates the elect, enabling them to exercise the gift of saving faith and to receive Christ in all His offices as both Savior and Lord (Philippians 1:29; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians 4:5; John 1:12; 3:3-5; Titus 3:5; I John 5:1).