Role and Work of the Holy Spirit

Janet Aucoin December 11, 2018

The role of the Spirit according to Scripture

A. Introduction

B. The work of the Spirit:

1. Generates life – physical and spiritual

Gen 1:2, 2:7 The Spirit was active, hovering over the waters, and gave Adam life

Job 33:4, 34:14-15 made by the Spirit of God

Luke 1:35 came upon Mary to conceive the Christ

John 16:8 convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment

John 3:3,5-6 must be reborn of the Spirit

Job 26:13; Ps 33:6, 104:30 by God’s breath (Spirit) the heavens gained their beauty

Titus 3:5 renews us to salvation

2. Indwells/seals believers

John 14:16-17 The Spirit was with them (in Jesus) will be IN them when He sends the Holy Spirit

Eph 1:13-14, 4:30 sealed by the Spirit until glory

Acts 5:32 given to those who obey Him

3. Illuminates believers/ teaches and guides the church

John 16:13 guides into truth

John 15:26 testifies about Jesus

John 14:26 teaches and reminds of truth

Heb 10:15 testifies to the truth

1 John 2:27 teaches us

4. Intercedes for us

Rom 8:26-27 intercedes to the Father on our behalf

5. Equips people with skills to do the Father’s will

Ex 28:3, 31:2, 35:35 gave artisans skill

1Sam 11:6 empowered Saul

1 Sam 16:13-14 empowered David and left Saul

Judges 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 3:25; 14:6,19; 15:14 empowered to judge Israel

Neh 9:20,30 Taught them in the wilderness

Num 11:17, 25-26; 27:18 empowered to help judge in the wilderness

1 Sam 10:6,10 came upon them so that they prophesied

2 Sam 23:2 spoke through David

6. Grants us the ability to grow and be sanctified/ experience the fruit of the Spirit

1 Peter 1:2 the sanctifying work of the Spirit

Rom 8:13 by the Spirit put to death the deeds of the flesh

Gal 5:16 walk by Spirit to stop carrying out the deeds of the flesh

Acts 11:24 Barnabus is full of faith and goodness from the Spirit

1 Thess 1:6 brings joy

2 Cor 13:13 fellowship of the Spirit

Rom 15:13 allows us to overflow with hope

Gal 5:19-26 enables us to bear His fruit

7. Gives gifts to all believers

1 Cor 12:7; 14:5,12 given for the common good. Not given for self but for the church body

1 Cor 12:11 Spirit distributes as He wills –

8. Inspired prophecy and Scripture

Ezek 2:2; 8:3; 11:1,24 Entered Ezekiel to prophesy and see visions

2 Peter 1:21 Carried men along to write the Scriptures

Acts 1:16, 4:25 Gave David the words of prophecy

Numbers 24:2 came upon Balaam and gave him prophecy

1 Sam 10:6,10 came upon them so that they prophesied

John 16:13 declared to them what was to come

John 14:26 taught and reminded those writing the Scriptures; still teaches and reminds us of truth of the Word

Zech 7:12 prophets sent by the Spirit

1 Peter 1:11 within prophets as they prophesied

9. Forms and builds up the church

Eph2:22 built up together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit

1 Cor 3:16, 12:4 Spirit of God indwells the church body

C. Implications for us

Janet Aucoin


Janet is the Director of Women's Ministry at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); Host of the Joyful Journey Podcast (helping women learn that when you choose truth you choose joy); ACBC certified; teacher in Faith Community Institute; Coordinator of FBS seminary wives fellowship, retreat and conference speaker; B.S. Human Resources, University of South Florida.