We believe that God sovereignly imparts spiritual gifts upon His children. Furthermore, it is the believer’s pleasure to develop these spiritual gifts in order to increasingly glorify God. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit lives inside the soul of every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the empowering of the Holy Spirit, which is often a conscious experience, for ministry today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit. We also believe that particular spiritual gifts are neither essential for salvation (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit) nor an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Cor. 12:7, 11, 13; Eph. 4:7-8). We believe that God hears and answers prayers of faith for the sick and afflicted in accordance with His own will (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gifts and grace of God given to him (Rom. 12:1-8; 1 Cor. 13; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
Why this is important:
This doctrine of the Holy Spirit emphasizes more than anything else the communal nature of our faith. The Christian life is one of community, not autonomy. We live dependently on God and one another as the body He has created us to be through the Spirit. Thus each member, when employing his or her gifts to the glory of God, contributes to the beauty, vitality, and unity of the church.
This motivates us to find our gifts and use them, for they were not given to us for our benefit, but for that of the church. We then work hard to be a church that employs these gifts so the world can see Christ.