and earnestly desire
the spiritual gifts…”
1 Corinthians 14:1
It’s unusual for a church to be reformed and charismatic. While we can readily explain our reformed doctrines because there is so much history behind it, it’s not so easy to explain our charismatic beliefs. And because there are sadly too many examples of charismatic practice gone awry it takes more effort to make our charismatic practices and beliefs clear.
Theologically we are continuationists. That is, we believe that all of the spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament continue to be available to Christians in the church today. But we do not just believe this, we also obey 1 Corinthians 14:1 and eagerly pursue all these gifts. So we will readily pray for healing. We are eager to prophesy in order to build up the church. We encourage believes to pursue the gift of tongues in their personal prayer lives. And we are eager to cultivate the gift of interpretation of tongues so that we can experience the gift on tongues on Sunday mornings–in accordance with Paul’s procedural limitations laid out in 1 Corinthians 14.
We do not believe that Christians must speak in tongues, nor that there is some higher level Christian experience for those who do. We believe gifts like tongues and prophecy are normal, helpful, and good gifts from God that are meant for our edification and our encouragement. We do not believe that New Testament prophecy is authoritative nor can it be equated with scripture. Rather, New Testament prophecy is to be judged (1 Thes. 5:20-21), and is itself subject to scripture (1 Cor. 14:37-38).
We believe that all these gifts have been given to us by God for our good. We believe that when we examine all that the Bible has to say about these gifts, and obey all the limitations and restrictions, then we can freely, confidently, and expectantly ask our Heavenly Father for them knowing that it pleases Him to give the Holy Spirit to us.
More information on our charismatic beliefs and practices
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