39 Vital Ministries of the Holy Spirit

Talking about the Holy Spirit can be a challenging conversation. But, it is paramount that we the conversation. Here are at least 39 important ministries of the Holy Spirit.

Importance of Talking About the Holy Spirit

It is important for us to speak about the Holy Spirit for several reasons. First, the Holy Spirit is where the Trinity becomes personal. God, the Father, is transcendent and seems so far away. Jesus lived over 2,000 years ago and seems far removed from our present day lives. The Holy Spirit, however, lives within us and helps us to experience the Father and Son.

Second, the Holy Spirt plays a prominent role in the life of the Church today. God was prominent in the Old Testament, and Jesus was prominent in the Gospels. But, since Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit has taken center stage in the life of the Church and individual believers.

Third, the Holy Spirit makes the Christian life more than a set of propositions to be believed. He makes our relationship with God real and tangible. We can experience true love, joy, peace, and freedom.

Therefore, it is important that we take the time to understand the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and believers today. I know there are more, but here are 37 vital ministries of the Holy Spirit.

The Ministries of the Holy Spirit

  1. Created the universe (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30)
  2. Inspired the writing of the Bible (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16)
  3. Gives life (Ezekiel 37:14)
  4. Was responsible for Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35)
  5. Anointed Jesus at the start of his ministry (Matthew 3:16)
  6. Directed Jesus to be tempted (Matthew 4:1)
  7. Empowered Jesus in his ministry (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38)
  8. Caused Jesus to rejoice (Luke 10:21)
  9. Empowered Jesus to offer himself as a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14)
  10. Raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11)
  11. Convicts unsaved of sin and its consequences (John 16:8-11)
  12. Gave birth to the church (Acts 2:1-4, 16-18)
  13. Activates praise (Ephesians 5:18-20)
  14. Desires to direct the mission of the church (10:19-20; 13:2-4)
  15. Appoints preachers/teachers/missionaries (Acts 13:4-5; 20:28)
  16. Communicates Jesus’ message to the Church (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)
  17. Guides the Church in decisions (Acts 15:28)
  18. Regenerates the believing sinner (Titus 3:5-7)
  19. Makes an individual a member of the Body of Jesus (Romans 8:9)
  20. Indwells believers (John 14:17)
  21. Reminds believers of what Jesus has said (John 14:26)
  22. Glorifies Jesus (John 16:14)
  23. Enables believers to serve God (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
  24. Seals believers (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
  25. Fills believers (Ephesians 5:18)
  26. Convicts believers of the need for constant change (Romans 8:5-9)
  27. Gives gifts to believers (1 Corinthians 12:11)
  28. Makes believers more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18)
  29. Strengthens believers’ new nature (Ephesians 3:16)
  30. Reveals biblical truth to believers (Ephesians 1:17-18)
  31. Assures believers  of their new relationship with God (8:14-16)
  32. Gives believers freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)
  33. Fills believers’ mouth with the right things to say (Mark 13:11)
  34. Pray for believers (Romans 8:26-27)
  35. Guides believers (Romans 8:14)
  36. Teaches believers (John 14:26)
  37. Empowers believers for sharing the gospel (Acts 4:31; 6:9-10; Acts 13:9-10)
  38. Imparts the love of Christ to and through believers (Romans 5:5)
  39. Will raise the body of dead believers (Romans 8:11)

Get to Know the Holy Spirit

Thus, it is extremely important that we get to know the Holy Spirit. In fact, we cannot be like Jesus or live for Jesus without the power of the Spirit. Spend time going over the list again and ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to his presence and work in your life.

What are some other vital ministries of the Holy Spirit? 

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  • Christine Creed Little

    I love this website!! God bless you, Pastor Marvin!! You have helped me countless times at Trinity Church with bringing God’s word to life. I look forward to this new series about the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to us that helps us daily!! Thank you for being an exceptional Pastor!!
    Christine Little

    • Marvin Williams

      Christine, blessings on you. I am so glad that my two fish and five loaves (my meager offering) has helped you in your walk with Jesus. As I have mentioned, we cannot effectively live for Jesus apart from the Holy Spirit. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you follow him more and more.

  • grstatdoc

    Thanks for the post, Marvin!
    Item #9 needs to cleaned up a little to show that the Spirit empowered Jesus to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins (the “himself” is a bit ambiguous, and I misread is as the Spirit offered Himself, which Heb.9:14 doesn’t support….)
    14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

    • Marvin Williams

      Thanks for the heads up. The Holy Spirit empowering Jesus to offer himself up as a sacrifice is exactly what I meant. I thinK i was editing and didn’t go back and edit this one. So grateful for other people’s eyes and the body of Jesus. Blessings.

      • grstatdoc