We believe that spiritual gifts are given to the church by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of edifying and maturing the body into the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-15) and evangelizing unbelievers (Ephesians 4:11). There is no greater representation of Christ to the world than the body of Christ functioning properly using its respective gifts (Ephesians 4:13-15). Spiritual gifts are not earned; they are given to all believers (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:11) according to the grace of God (Ephesians 4:7; 1 Peter 4:11) and the administration of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4, 7).  Spiritual gifts, if functioning properly, will bring health and unity to the body (Ephesians 4:3, 13, 14, 16). The spiritual gifts can be placed into three categories: speaking gifts, service gifts, and sign gifts. We believe that God gave some gifts for the specific purpose of laying the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20). The apostles’ ministry was accompanied by the signs, wonders, and miracles (2 Cor. 12:12). These sign gifts authenticated their ministry (Heb. 2:3-4).  The prophets’ ministry, whether preaching or prophesying, came from God directly through special revelation (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:20-22). We believe in the cessation of the sign gifts after the church was established (Ephesians 2:20) and the canon of scripture was complete. These sign gifts include apostleship (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11), extra-biblical prophecy (Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10; Ephesians 4:11), speaking in tongues, the interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:10; 13:8; 14:1-30), miracles (1 Corinthians 12:28), healing (1Corinthians 12:9, 28, 30), and the giving of knowledge beyond that which is revealed in scripture (1 Corinthians 12:8). This doesn’t mean God cannot work miraculously in these areas, but we don’t believe in the continuance of the sign gifts consistently being exercised in the church today. Though We believe that the gifts of miracles and healing are no longer operative, We recognize that a miracle or healing may be done by God apart from the exercising of a spiritual gift (James 5:13-15; John 15:7).

Jon Beazley

Passionate about Jesus, husband to my gorgeous wife Bethany, father, and pastor, who enjoys power lifting, the great out doors, and a good cup of coffee!

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