Baptism in the Holy Spirit

‘Jesus said, “..for John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”‘ Acts 1:5

‘”But  you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”‘ Acts 1:8

Gifts of the SpiritWe believe that the Holy Spirit is God.  We believe in the Trinity – one God in three persons – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all believers

Jesus promised His followers that the Holy Spirit would live in them and with them, enabling them to know Him better and empowering them to share the good news of the gospel with others.

We believe this promise is for everyone who is a believer. So we teach that if you are born again (see Salvation), you can expect to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Indeed, we believe that without this infilling, your own strength and natural abilities will let you down, but with it, you can draw on God’s strength and power to live your life fully for God.

Why do we pray for people to be baptised in the Holy Spirit?

The Bible tells us that it is Jesus who baptises with the Holy Spirit, so we pray for believers to receive this wonderful gift. We encourage every Christian to seek it. There are many benefits of being filled with the Holy Spirit:

  • He gives us reassurance that we are truly members of God’s family.
  • He helps us to understand the Bible better. He helps us to know how to pray, and He comforts us that our prayers are heard by God.
  • He also gives us the confidence to tell other people about Jesus.
  • He gives us many gifts so that we can serve God and our community well; gifts like understanding the spiritual reality of situations, healing the sick, faith to believe that God can do miracles and really change people’s lives for the better.
  • He enables us to hear and understand what is important to God and to be able to communicate that clearly.

So we believe that being baptised in the Holy Spirit is a very important part of being a Christian. We encourage every believer to enjoy a close relationship with the Holy Spirit through prayer and reading the Bible. We also encourage every believer to call on the Holy Spirit to help them share their faith with others.

If you would like to know more about how to become a Christian and be filled with the Holy Spirit, please ask us.