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I Believe In The Person And Power Of The Holy Spirit
INTRO: I want you to take your Bible's now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at John 14 if you will. John 14, and in just a moment we're going to begin looking at verse 15.
We are in a series of messages on the foundation and fundamentals of our faith that we have entitled, "I Believe," and so far in this series of studies we've discovered what we believe about the Bible, what we believe about God the Father and what we believe about the Lord Jesus. And my prayer is that this series will not only be an educational time, but I pray that it will be a time of encouragement and exhortation as well.
Now, each week as we've began our study we've looked at our statement of faith as Southern Baptists, it's called the Baptist Faith and Message, and we've read a little theological or doctrinal statement to kind of get our minds thinking in the same direction. So, I want you to listen to what section C of Article 2 has to say about the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. "The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service."
That's who the Holy Spirit is and that's what the Holy Spirit does. And so, this morning, I want to ...
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