The main purpose of the experience is to grant power for Christian service. Other purposes include power for spiritual warfare (the Christian struggles against spiritual enemies and thus requires spiritual power), power for overflow (the believer’s experience of the presence and power of God in his or her life flows out into the lives of others), and power for ability (to follow divine direction, to face persecution, to exercise spiritual gifts for the edification of the church, etc.)
It is received by having faith in God’s promise to fill the believer and in yielding the entire being to Christ. Certain conditions, if present in a believer’s life, could cause delay in receiving Spirit baptism, such as “weak faith, unholy living, imperfect consecration, and egocentric motives”. In the absence of these, We teach that seekers should maintain a persistent faith in the knowledge that God will fulfill his promise. For We, there is no prescribed manner in which a believer will be filled with the Spirit. It could be expected or unexpected, during public or private prayer.
We are continuationists, meaning we believe that all of the spiritual gifts, including the miraculous or “sign gifts”, found in 1 Corinthians 12:4–11, 12:27–31, Romans 12:3–8, and Ephesians 4:7–16 continue to operate within the Church in the present time. We place the gifts of the Spirit in context with the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is the result of the new birth and continuing to abide in Christ. It is by the fruit exhibited that spiritual character is assessed. Spiritual gifts are received as a result of the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
As gifts freely given by the Holy Spirit, they cannot be earned or merited, and they are not appropriate criteria with which to evaluate one’s spiritual life or maturity. We see in the biblical writings of Paul an emphasis on having both character and power, exercising the gifts in love.
Just as fruit should be evident in the life of every Christian, We believe that every Spirit-filled believer is given some capacity for the manifestation of the Spirit. It is important to note that the exercise of a gift is a manifestation of the Spirit, not of the gifted person, and though the gifts operate through people, they are primarily gifts given to the Church. They are valuable only when they minister spiritual profit and edification to the body of Christ.
Pentecostal writers point out that the lists of spiritual gifts in the New Testament do not seem to be exhaustive. It is generally believed that there are as many gifts as there are useful ministries and functions in the Church.
A spiritual gift is often exercised in partnership with another gift. For example, in a Pentecostal church service, the gift of tongues might be exercised followed by the operation of the gift of interpretation.
According to us, all manifestations of the Spirit are to be judged by the church. This is made possible, in part, by the gift of discerning of spirits, which is the capacity for discerning the source of a spiritual manifestation whether from the Holy Spirit, an evil spirit, or from the human spirit.
The gifts of prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, and words of wisdom and knowledge are called the vocal gifts. We look to 1 Corinthians 14 for instructions on the proper use of the spiritual gifts, especially the vocal ones. We believe that prophecy is the vocal gift of preference, the gift of tongues is equal to the gift of prophecy when tongues are interpreted. Prophetic and glossolalic utterances are not to replace the preaching of the Word of God nor to be considered as equal to or superseding the written Word of God, which is the final authority for determining teaching and doctrine.
Word of wisdom and word of knowledge
We understand the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge to be supernatural revelations of wisdom and knowledge by the Holy Spirit. The word of wisdom is defined as a revelation of the Holy Spirit that applies scriptural wisdom to a specific situation that a Christian community faces. The word of knowledge is often defined as the ability of one person to know what God is currently doing or intends to do in the life of another person.
We agree with the Protestant principle of sola Scriptura from Martin Luther. The Bible is the “all sufficient rule for faith and practice”; it is “fixed, finished, and objective revelation”. Alongside this high regard for the authority of scripture is a belief that the gift of prophecy continues to operate within the Church.
Any Spirit-filled Christian has the potential, as with all the gifts, to prophesy. Prophecy can overlap with preaching “where great unpremeditated truth or application is provided by the Spirit, or where special revelation is given beforehand in prayer and is empowered in the delivery”.
Tongues and interpretation
As believer in a spiritual experience may vocalize fluent, unintelligible utterances (glossolalia) or articulate a natural language previously unknown to them. Commonly termed “speaking in tongues”, this vocal phenomenon is believed to include an endless variety of languages. According tol theology, the language spoken may be an unlearned human language, such as the Bible claims happened on the Day of Pentecost, or it might be of heavenly origin.
Within Pentecostal, there is a belief that speaking in tongues serves two functions. Tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit and in individual prayer serves a different purpose than tongues as a spiritual gift.
All Spirit-filled believers, according to initial evidence proponents, will speak in tongues when baptized in the Spirit and, thereafter, will be able to express prayer and praise to God in an unknown tongue. This type of tongue speaking forms an important part of us personal daily devotions. When used in this way, it is referred to as a “prayer language” as the believer is speaking unknown languages not for the purpose of communicating with others but for “communication between the soul and God”. Its purpose is for the spiritual edification of the individual. We believe the private use of tongues in prayer “promotes a deepening of the prayer life and the spiritual development of the personality”. From Romans 8:26–27,
We believe that the Spirit intercedes for believers through tongues; in other words, when a believer prays in an unknown tongue, the Holy Spirit is supernaturally directing the believer’s prayer.
The gifts of power are distinct from the vocal gifts in that they do not involve utterance. Included in this category are the gift of faith, gifts of healing, and the gift of miracles.
The gift of faith is different from “saving faith” and normal Christian faith in its degree and application.
This type of faith is a manifestation of the Spirit granted only to certain individuals “in times of special crisis or opportunity” and endues them with “a divine certainty, that triumphs over everything”. It is sometimes called the “faith of miracles” and is fundamental to the operation of the other two power gifts.
Like other Christian churches, We believe that certain rituals or ceremonies were instituted as a pattern and command by Jesus in the New Testament. We commonly call these ceremonies ordinances. Many Christians call these sacraments, but this term is not generally used by We and certain other Protestants as they do not see ordinances as imparting grace. Instead the term sacerdotal ordinance is used to denote the distinctive belief that grace is received directly from God by the congregant with the officiant serving only to facilitate rather than acting as a conduit or vicar.
The ordinance of water baptism is an outward symbol of an inner conversion that has already taken place. Pentecostal practice baptism by immersion. We are Trinitarian and use the traditional Trinitarian baptismal formula. We view baptism as an essential and necessary part of the salvation experience.
The ordinance of Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is seen as a direct command given by Jesus at the Last Supper, to be done in remembrance of him. We reject the use of wine as part of communion, using grape juice instead.
Foot washing is also held as an ordinance.
We considered an “ordinance of humility” because Jesus showed humility when washing his disciples’ feet in John 13:14–17
The ceremonies ordinances & Ministries
- The sacerdotal ordinance Ministry
- The ordinance of water baptism Ministry
- The ordinance of Holy Communion Ministry
- The foot washing is held as an ordinance Ministry
- Men’s Ministry
- Women’s Ministry
- Children’s Ministry
- Bible Study Ministry
- Senior’s Ministry
- Anointing with oil for the healing of the sick