ARTICLES OF FAITH & DOCTRINE
To be interpreted as expressed in and according to the natural and literal meaning of the respective passages of the Word of God referred to under each article. Click on an article for more information. Clicking on the Bible reference passage(s) will open a pop-up window showing the verse from the .
WHAT WE BELIEVE
12 - The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
We believe that when the Holy Spirit came upon the whole company of believers on the Day of Pentecost as promised by Christ, they were collectively baptized into one body, which was the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ. Since that time this baptism occurs individually at the moment of salvation, at which time the believer is also indwelt by the Spirit.
We believe that the New Testament distinguishes between being indwelt by the Spirit, which is true of all believers, and being filled with the Spirit, which is the believer’s privilege and duty, producing power in Christian witness. There is one baptism with the Spirit, and it is into the Body of Christ, but there are many fillings.