Summary: In the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed, we boldly proclaim that we believe in the Holy Spirit. What are we saying when we make this claim? What difference does this belief make in our lives?
The Holy Spirit is probably the least known and understood person of the Trinity. We know that God the Father created all things. In our creeds we say that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and is present everywhere. We know about God the Son, Jesus the Christ, too. We know that Jesus took on our form and became one of us. We believe that he suffered, died, and rose again for our sins and for new life. We are a little fuzzy, though, on the Holy Spirit and the role that the Spirit plays in our lives.
The Holy Spirit is one of the core beliefs of the Christian faith. Just as it is important to understand the activity of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, so also it is important to understand what the Holy Spirit does and how the Holy Spirit moves in our lives. The Christians at Corinth were struggling to understand the gift of the Holy Spirit, too, and Paul writes his letter to them, in part, to answer some of their questions and concerns.
When Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure, he comforts them with the assurance that he will not leave them alone or destitute. He will send them the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us.
Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection. The disciples are overcome with grief and confusion. He breathes upon them the Holy Spirit and gives them peace—the peace that passes understanding. The Holy Spirit’s presence in the lives of the disciples enabled them to deal with their grief, comforted them in their sorrows, and convinced them that they had not been deserted, but rather that they were in God’s hands.
Realizing that we are in God’s hands and that God is in control of our lives and our world, when we face the trials and tribulations of life, is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The courage that we sense when we decide we will be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and take the step of face that we are being encouraged to take is the work of the Holy Spirit.
We know that we have God’s Spirit and that God is with us because we have been given the Holy Spirit at our baptism, or when we came to faith in Christ.
The Holy Spirit is not only God’s presence in our lives; the Spirit also empowers us for service. This is the point of Paul’s words in his letter to the Corinthians. The Holy Spirit empowers people to serve God by given them gifts and talents with which to serve God. The Holy Spirit then uses those gifts to touch the lives of people.
On the Day of Pentecost—the birth of the Church—the Holy Spirit moved and touched the lives of over 3,000 people.
The Holy Spirit moved in the lives of the early Christians and spread the kingdom of God to the far corners of the world.
Certainly as we look at Desert Streams we see the Holy Spirit at work. This congregation is more than a slick advertising campaigns, and fancy worship services. People’s lives have been touched and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has begun to gather a body of believers together for the purpose of being a bold witness to God’s love and grace to the people of Surprise.