In this week's sermon Pastor Ronnie discusses some common misconceptions about the Holy Spirit. Rather than being a New Testament invention that passed away after the early church, we find that the Holy Spirit is referenced throughout the Bible and is active in the life of every believer. Further, we learn about what the Holy Spirit offers and how His gifts bring freedom and peace.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the agent through which we are brought to faith in Christ. After we come to faith the Holy Spirit becomes our Counselor and Comforter in this life. We further believe that the fullness of the Holy Spirit (also known as the baptism in the Holy Spirit) is available to believers who ask bringing with it empowerment and gifts in all generations just as it did in the book of Acts.
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
John 16:7-15 NIV
Romans 8:9, John 14:26, Luke 3:16, Acts 2:14-18