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WE BELIEVE…the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times.
 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit | God Promises Us Power

Jesus Promised to Send His Power.
  • Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to help His followers. (John 14:15-17; 16:7-11)
  • Jesus told His disciples to wait for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:4,5)

This Power Is for Everyone

  • Pentecost was promised long before New Testament times  (Joel 2:28,29; Acts 2:16-21)
  • The “last days” are a time when the Holy Spirit is intensely active in our world. (Mark 1:15; Luke 4:18-21; Hebrews 1:1,2)
  • The promised power of the Holy Spirit is for every believer of every generation. (Acts 2:39)

How is Holy Spirit Baptism Related to Our Salvation?

  • Holy Spirit baptism is not required for salvation. (John 3:16;Romans 10:9)
  • The Holy Spirit convinces people of their need for salvation. (John 16:8-11)
  • Salvation is a prerequisite to receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)
  • The Holy Spirit resides within us following salvation. (John 14:17)

How Do We Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

  • It begins with sincere desire. (Acts 8:18-24)
  • The recurring biblical sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in languages that you have not learned. (Acts 2:1-4; 10:45,46; 19:6)
  • Speaking in tongues indicates submission to the Holy Spirit, often arising during times of sincere prayer and praise. (Acts 1:12-14)

What Is the Purpose of Holy Spirit Baptism?

  • Through this gift we receive power to witness. (Acts 1:8)
  • Through this gift we receive supernatural boldness and enablement to witness for Christ through word and action. (Compare John 18:15-17, 25-27 with Acts 2:14-16,36-39; see Acts 6:3; 7:55; 11:22-24)
  • The baptism in the Holy Spirit is about winning the spiritually lost for Christ. (Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47)