Q36: What Do We Believe About the Holy Spirit?

New City Catechism: Question 36

Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., answers the question, "What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?”

John 14:16-17 (ESV)

16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We can respond to question thirty-six with the following answer: that He is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants Him irrevocably to all who believe.

Mark said the Holy Spirit is God. He gives us life, power, and strength to follow Jesus. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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The Holy Spirit lives in each believer. He equips us for life and godliness, convicts us of sin, and gives us spiritual gifts. 

Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through John 14:16–17. Take a moment to reflect on the Holy Spirit. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of having the Holy Spirit in you, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize John 14:16–17. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through the work of the Holy Spirit.

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