What We Believe (6 of 6):
This concludes a series of doctrinal statements pertaining to our position on certain important Biblical issues.
The Baptism of The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts:
We believe that the moment the believer rests his faith in Christ alone for salvation he is baptized with the Holy Spirit and becomes a functioning member of the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13,18; Acts 11:16; Romans 12:4-6). As a result of this baptism, the Holy Spirit imparts a spiritual gift(s); the Lord Jesus assigns a ministry for which that gift is to be utilized; and God the Father guarantees supernatural effects as the believer fulfills that ministry (I Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:15-16). We believe that some of the gifts given in the church during the ministry of the Apostles were directly related to the founding of the church and the completion of the New Testament and thus are no longer given, such as the gifts of prophecy, tongues, knowledge, and healing (Ephesians 2:20-3:4; Hebrews 2:3-4; I Corinthians 14:37-38; 2 Corinthians 12:12). We believe, however, that God continues to work supernaturally among His people. For example, those who have a debilitating sickness are to call for the elders who are to pray and expect supernatural healing as a part of their present-day ministry (James 5:16). God can and often does still heal if it is in His will to do so.