The Trinity: God the Holy Spirit

Following on from the previous messages on “God the Father” and “God the Son,” I concluded our vision series on The Trinity with an exploration of the third person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.

I am a bit of an odd duck in terms of my church background. I had a transforming encounter in my life at the age of 16 that involved profound manifestations of the Holy Spirit while at a Presbyterian summer camp. I was not walking with God before that, but ever-after my life has been changed. I believe in the fullness of the Holy Spirit but emphasize preaching of the Word. I call for spiritual formation and character transformation by the Holy Spirit but am missional and believe the Holy Spirit is always calling the church beyond its walls. Because of this, my approach to preaching on the Holy Spirit is a bit unique.

Here is the video and sermon outline of this third message of the Trinity series, “God the Holy Spirit.”

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.


The Nature of the Holy Spirit

Powerful – ruach; pneuma

Personal – parakletos


The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament

Creating (Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 33:6)

Strengthening (Judges 14:6; 1 Samuel 16:13)

Inspiring (Exodus 31:1-3; Ezekiel 3:24)


Two Sendings: Jesus’ Incarnation and the Holy Spirit’s Impartation

The Father giving Jesus (John 3:16-17)

The Father giving the Spirit (John 14:16, 26)

The reciprocity of the Triune God


The Holy Spirit and God’s People

The Presence of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17; Ephesians 1:13-14)

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:19-26)

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:4-8)

The Mission of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:7-8; 2:1-12)


What This Does Not Mean

Not that the Holy Spirit is less than God the Father or the Son (Subordinationism)

Not that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force (Jehovah’s Witnesses)

Not that the Holy Spirit experiences have authority over Scripture (Montanism)

Not that the Holy Spirit is to be feared


Living Our Triune Faith

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