I believe in the Holy Spirit

‘I believe in the Holy Spirit’ – a one liner in the Apostles’ Creed. The Evangelical Alliance basis of faith develops it further: We believe in the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth; empowers our discipleship and enables our witness. Within any church there will be a range of views concerning the Spirit; but when Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit he wasn’t setting up a theological debating point. The Spirit was coming with a specific purpose which Jesus stated when he was with the disciples. Read John 14 and 16 to find out more. The Spirit was sent and is sent to enable us, to empower us, to be followers of Jesus Christ in our world and to be His witnesses. If you have declared Jesus as Lord and Saviour, you have done so because the Holy Spirit has been active in your life. Whether we choose to allow the Spirit to continue to be active in our lives – to go on being filled with the Holy Spirit – is down to us. Whe tend to focus on the spectacular actions of the Spirit recorded in Acts and listed in Paul’s letters. We tend to forget that when the Spirit came upon Jesus he was driven out into the wilderness. When it came upon the early church, they were bold in their witness and distinctive in their living. Here is the challenge of allowing the Spirit to be at work in us so we can be disciples in our time