The Holy Spirit
We believe that those who receive Christ also receive the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. He marks them as the possession of God, manifests the fruit of righteousness in their character, and endows them with spiritual gifts for ministry.
2 Corinthians1:21-22, Galatians 5:22-23
We believe that a spiritual gift is a special ability, given by the Holy Spirit to every believer, to be used to minister to others and thereby build up the Body of Christ.
1Pet 4:10, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
a. We believe that through Holy Spirit God supernaturally intervenes in life by healing and other miraculous intervention.
b. Regarding the miraculous gifts of speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, and the spiritual gift of healing by one’s own will: We believe that in New Testament churches which lacked direct apostolic leadership these specific miraculous gifts were not present because in the New Testament they are only given by the laying on of the Apostles hands. Therefore we do not expect to see spiritual gifts such as speech in tongues and healing by one’s own will as a normative gift in the church today.
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
c. Since we do not believe these particular gifts are normative in the church today we ask that those who seek to exercise these particular spiritual gifts (e.g. speaking in tongues) not practice them within our worship services. We also do not see this as a point of contention should one believe that the gift of speaking in tongues exists if they follow the instruction of 1st Corinthians 14 and practice it in private.