We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person in the same sense that God the Father is a Person and the Lord Jesus Christ is a Person. The Holy Spirit is seen in Scripture to have the three attributes of personality: intellect (I Cor. 2:13; Rom. 8:27; I Cor. 2:10-11), emotion (Eph. 4:30; Rom. 15:30), and will (I Cor. 12:11; Acts 16:6-11). He is presented in Scripture as having the same essential deity as the Father and the Son and is to be worshipped, loved, and obeyed in the same way as God. His deity is seen both through explicit claims (II Cor. 3:17-18) and His incommunicable attributes: self-existence (Rom. 8:2), omnipresence (Ps. 139:7), omniscience (I Cor. 2:11-13), eternality (Heb. 9:14) and omnipotence (Luke 1:35, 37).
We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers, baptizes and seals them at the moment of their salvation (I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14). He teaches (John 14:26; I Cor. 2:13), testifies (John 15:26), commands and speaks (Acts 8:29; 13:2), performs miracles (Acts 8:39), and He intercedes for the saints. We believe that the Holy Spirit was involved in the creation of the world (Gen. 1:2), the incarnation of Christ (Luke 1:35), and the resurrection of Christ (Rom. 8:11). It is the Holy Spirit who providentially sustains all of creation (Psalm 104:30), distributes spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:11), and sovereignly directs the ministry (Acts 16:6-7).
We believe that salvation is an act of God from beginning to end, from conversion to glorification. "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified." (Rom. 8:9-30). There is nothing more that we need to do other than respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that conversion is a decision of the heart which takes place when an individual recognizes His sin and need for forgiveness (Rom. 3:10-12, 23; 6:23), acknowledges Christ's sacrifice on His behalf (Rom. 5:8; I Peter 3:18), believes the gospel message and confesses it (Rom. 10:9-10), and as a result of his decision there is the fruit of obedience (I John 2:4-6).
We believe that regeneration is the origination of the eternal life, which comes into the believer in Christ at the moment of conversion, passing him from a state of spiritual death to a state of spiritual life. Because all men are in a state of being "dead in sins" (Eph 2:5), there is a need for regeneration which gives the believer a new life by being "born again" (John 3). It is the Holy Spirit who is the actual agent of regeneration (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5) although, Scripture hints that the Father is related to regeneration (James 1:17-18), and Jesus has His involvement as well (John 5:21; II Cor. 5:18; I John 5:12).
We believe that justification is the act by which believers are declared "not guilty" due to the imputation of Christ's righteousness in exchange for man's sinfulness, which was nailed to the cross through Christ. It is because of this declaration of a believer no longer being guilty in the sight of God that he can obtain peace with God, escaping His condemnation. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our instruction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exalt in hope of the glory of God." (Rom. 5:1-2)
We believe every true believer is in the process of sanctification (known as spiritual growth) whereby he is becoming more and more conformed to the image of Christ. It is an ongoing process in which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the believer puts to death the sins, which are according to the flesh. "For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit, you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (Rom. 8:13). The believer's sanctification is the will of God (I Thess. 4:3) and all three Persons of the Trinity are involved in the process: the Father (I Thess. 5:23), the Son (Eph. 5:26; Heb. 2:11; 9:12,14; 13:12), and the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:16; II Thess. 2:13). The believer is in continual process of sanctification, which ultimately culminates in his glorification.
We believe that glorification is the ultimate and absolute physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perfection of the believer. It will take place at the believer's death or at the coming of Christ. It is at that time that the believer will receive a new body. "Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet appeared as yet what we shall be." We know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is (I John 3:2). The result of glorification will be a body like Christ's body (Phil. 3:21), a body suited to a spiritual realm (I Cor. 15:44), an eternal body (II Cor. 5:1), and a glorious body (I Cor. 15:43).