Berean’s Fourth Article of Faith – The Holy Spirit

Here we go:

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.  (Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 3:11; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; Luke 3:16; Luke 24:49; John 1:33; John 3:5, 6; John 14:16, 17, 26; John 15:26,27; John 16:8-11, 13; Acts 5:30-32; Acts 11:16; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; Ephesians 1:13, 14; II Thessalonians 2:7, 13; Hebrews 9:14, I Peter 1:2)

Regarding the ministry of spiritual gifts, we believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established.  (I Corinthians 12:4-11; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12)

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted.  (John 15:7; James 5:14, 15; I John 5:14,15).

 

6 comments

  1. “that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. ”

    I’m not sure if there is proof of this statement, these scriptures certainly would not make that so. I do believe that some of these things have been abused lately, but why would some gifts cease and not others?

    I found this statement on the Holy Spirit that I like.

    The Holy Spirit is God, possessing all the characteristics and attributes thereof. The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate the sinner. The Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body, indwells the believer, and guides the believer into all truth. He instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service. He is the One who imparts spiritual gifts to the body as He wills for the edification of the body and for various works of ministry in the world. These gifts are to be earnestly desired and practiced in love. (John 14:16-17, 26, 16:7-15, Titus 3:4-6, 1 Cor 6:19, 12:7-13, 1 John 2:27, Acts 1:8)

  2. Good statement, but I too balked at the notions that teaching/preaching gifts are sufficient today and that “sign miracles gradually ceased.” Not that God couldn’t limit other gifts if he so chooses, but as a Mormon, there is no way I can believe that he has.

    I know that Mormons say some things about God that really “make your heart ache”: e.g., that we can be like him one day, or that he created this universe from already-existing matter. What you say here about the Holy Ghost evokes the same kind of reaction in me.

    Still, there is nothing sweeter than the feeling of the Holy Spirit as he “guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies,” etc., and I am grateful that God condescends to allow both you and I to experience it.

  3. Todd, I’m sure you say and believe some things that must make some nice Muslim Imam’s “heart ache” as well.

    Do you think this actually proves something? To anyone?

    How can the fact that you are sad about my theology prove anything to me or convince me of anything?

    This here’s the internet. You either prove your arguments, or you don’t. Telling us how disappointed you are in us accomplishes absolutely nothing if you aren’t willing to back it up with something more substantive.

  4. BrianJ, I inherited this church constitution under the auspices of Northwest Baptist Missions, when I came into Idaho Falls as a churchplanter. This is the year where I would like to work through with my church family on the wording of these articles of faith.

    These articles are not inspired. Only scripture. And comment #1 by anonymous has highlighted a sentence that needs prayerful reclarification and better wording.

    Seth, after a year and a half in bloggernacle and more exposure to LDS theology, I am more confused than ever to what Mormonism does teach fundamentally.

    And you write,You either prove your arguments, or you don’t.

    I agree.

    So don’t be fatigued when I seek to present over and over and over again in future days Scriptural propositions on fundamental doctrines that I believe (like the Trinity) to you on HI4LDS.

    I am just getting started friend. 🙂 I am trusting the Lord that He might allow me a good solid 40 more years of scriptural discussion here on the Internet and in Ammon, Idaho.

    But in the conversation, people can be respectfully honest and transparent with their feelings as well.

  5. Seth,

    I’m totally confused by your comment. It seems like you were responding to what I wrote, and yet it was addressed to Todd. At any rate, I think that there is an important role for expressing one’s feelings, but I admit that that may be because I am looking to get something out of blogging that is different than what you want. I am interested in Todd’s feelings—his reactions to my beliefs, etc.—as well as his logical arguments. And, of course, he doesn’t have to prove his emotions to me.

  6. I just don’t see the testimonial (or witness-bearing) as a particularly useful or effective device in online discussion.

    I like it just fine in other formats though.

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