Mar 14, 2013

WORSHIP AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS IN THE CHURCH


I believe worship is when we give homage and a proper response to God’s grace and worthiness with our hearts and mouths (Col 3:16; Eph 5:19). When we worship, we honor and glorify God. Worship brings great joy and increases our intimacy with God (Lk 1:46-47; Jn 4:23; Jas 4:8). Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit and are designed to glorify God and build up the whole church. God gives them as He will (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:11) and they are a blessing for us and others (1 Cor 12:7; 14:12, 26). All gifts are to be practiced with others in mind and must be used the way God instructs (1 Cor 14:26-33).
 

        I believe that Christians are baptized in the Holy Spirit at conversion (1 Cor 12:13). Some Christians believe there is a post-salvation baptism in the Holy Spirit and believe this experience results in the recipient speaking in tongues (I disagree, see 1 Cor 12:11). However, I do believe we are to grow in our spiritual maturity, and this means we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18-20). The Holy Spirit sovereignly distributes the gifts to believers (Gal 3:5; 1Cor 12:10, 28) and Christians should seek after God and not signs and wonders (Matt 16:1-4; Lk 23:8; Acts 8:21-22).

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