The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Dove“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

When a church begins to intentionally engage in the empowering work of the Holy Spirit, often people become uncomfortable with things they haven’t experienced or encountered before. This document is designed to help churches walk through these transitions. The paper is written from a Reformed theological perspective, standing first of all on the foundation of the Bible, and referring secondly to the Heidelberg Catechism, quotes from Jean Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, and Synodical writings of the Christian Reformed denomination.

This book is designed in a “bullet point” format for easy reference and usage. Each questioned is answered in a “We believe…” format so that a church elder board can use these answers as their own.

The questions prompting this document are the following:

  •  What is the primary role of the Holy Spirit in justification and sanctification?


  • What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?


  • How are we to understand spiritual warfare?


  • What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?


  • Are all of the Spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament still being given to believers today? What is the specific role of prophecy?


  • What is “speaking in tongues” and is it a legitimate gift for believers today? How should this gift be exercised within the body of Christ?


  • Does God still heal people physically and emotionally?


  • What is the role of anointing with oil?


  • Is the phenomenon known referred to as “resting in the Spirit” biblical?


We have tried to make this booklet has helpful as possible. We hope that you can use it in the following ways:

  • As an easy reference. Carry it with you in your Bible or with your Sunday School materials. If someone asks a question on the Holy Spirit, you can perhaps use this reference tool to help.


  • As a teaching tool. Perhaps you are teaching a class or preaching a sermon on the ministry of the Holy Spirit and you would like everyone to have this tool. It is available for download at:


  • As a mentoring tool. In your mentoring situation, you may find yourself needing to help someone who is experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit in a manner new to you. This booklet will help.


  • As a Personal Study tool. Use this booklet as a guide to your own personal study on the work of the Holy Spirit.


This chart would pair nicely with the downloadable Spiritual Gifts Progression Chart.