We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son yet his primary role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit’s ongoing role is to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and to sanctify the believer, transforming them more and more into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit enables the sinner to live a new life – that is to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ, bringing them into a right relationship with God.
The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers and works to illuminate believers’ minds to grasp the truth of God’s Word, the Bible. He grants gifts to all believers for the purpose of service, not for self-indulgence or personal satisfaction, but for the privilege and responsibility of the building up of God’s church. He produces good fruit in the lives of believers and empowers his people for witness in the community and the world.
This means that repentance and faith only comes as a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in the individual. In faith believers are guaranteed forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. The proper evidence of this ‘new life’ is a person’s repentance and voluntary obedience to the gospel. And yet, Christians will not be perfect during this life but will progressively become more like Christ as a result of the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in their lives. Christians, empowered by the Spirit, will live lives which are prayerful and directed by scripture as they serve, witness, and meet together.
(John 14:15-17, 16:7-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:1-9, 26, 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:10-15, 12:7-14; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:17-19, 4:1-7, 6:17-18; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:2)