What We Believe About The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and His Role in the World Today
We believe in the Holy Spirit and the power He gives us to walk out our everyday lives. The Trinity is made up of the Father (God), His Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit is no less important in our lives than God or Jesus Christ. Jesus promised us before He was to be crucified that He would never leave us or forsake us. In Jesus’ absence, the Holy Spirit has been given to us to guide us, comfort us and give us direction. The Revised Standard Version of the Bible not only translates “Holy Ghost” as “Holy Spirit”, but it also translates “the Comforter” as “the Counselor”. The Holy Spirit plays all of these roles in the lives of believers.
We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the common good of the church and to draw attention to God. That being said, if you see a spiritual gift being used for a purpose outside of “the common good” it’s likely that the gift is either being misused or the gift is counterfeit. Also, if a gift is only helping the individual or is drawing more attention to the individual than to God, it’s likely that the gift is being misused.
1 Corinthians 12: 28-31 says, “And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrators, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts.”
At BETHEL, you’ll find both family and leaders who come to slightly different conclusions with regard to the how’s, the when’s, and the why’s of these supernatural gifts. That’s ok. The how’s, when’s, and why’s of these gifts are mysterious. Our hope is that we can help our family and leaders to stay away from the far left and the far right. This, of course, is more difficult than drifting one way or the other but with the Scriptures, the Spirit’s guidance, humility, and “earnest desire”, we hope to stay as centered as possible.