What is a Spirit-filled Church?

What is a Spirit-filled Church

Christian Life Church is a non-denominational church of believers that desire to grow in relationship with God and with one another. We are faithful to the Word of God in our teaching and in our service to each other and our community. We embrace the active and present day working of the Holy Spirit through the gifts of the Spirit. We cultivate hearts and an environment to hear the Voice of God and allow the Holy Spirit to move supernaturally on His behalf.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Tongues

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person in the Trinity (John 14:16 & 26 NKJV). He enables us to know God’s comfort and conviction. His presence in and with us empowers us to live with Christ-like character (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NKJV and Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV) and also in power (Acts 1:8 NKJV). The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct gift from God, evidenced by speaking in tongues – your personal prayer language (1 Corinthians 14:18 NKJV). Jesus was first baptized in water by John the Baptist and then received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit when the Holy Spirit of God descended upon Him in bodily form as a dove (Luke 3:22 NKJV). We are commissioned by Jesus to follow in His foot steps.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

There are 9 gifts or manifestations of The Holy Spirit. These manifestations of the Spirit are given to each one for the profit of the whole body: Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Gifts of Healings, Working of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of Spirits, Different Kinds of Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues. The same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills (1 Corinthians 12 NKJV). Here at CLC, we give time and room for the Holy Spirit to manifest and flow in these gifts through the body of Christ. We teach and develop the use of these gifts in a safe and fun environment so we as God’s people can accurately hear, quickly obey and humbly move on His behalf.

Living a Spirit-filled Life

To live a Spirit-filled life, we must cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit. This takes place when we purposely invite His presence into our life as we receive Him by faith. (Luke 11:11-13 NKJV) (Acts 2:1-4 NKJV).  As we yield our life to Him daily, He empowers us to remove all barriers that hinder our fellowship with God and enables us to walk out our faith in a manner that reflects Jesus as our Lord.  As we grow deeper in relationship with Him, we will come to know our Identity in Christ and gain confidence in using our spiritual gifts in and for Him.

The Function and Flow of the Holy Spirit

We at CLC believe that God speaks to His people through thoughts, impressions and visions. God is creative and meets the needs of His people in diverse ways to heal our hearts, minds and bodies. His Holy Spirit confirms the Word with gifts, prophecy, signs and wonders to transform our lives, making us a witness to His goodness and a testimony of His glory. (1 Corinthians 12 NKJV)

When We Worship

We believe worship is not only an attitude of respect and reverence toward God, but a relational encounter between God and us.  We love Him because He first loved us. ( 1 John 4:19 NKJV)  And His love for us caused the Father to send His Son to die on our behalf to not only pay our debt, but to remove the barrier that kept us from having a personal, intimate relationship with Him. True worship is far more than paying respect, but it denotes gratitude, joy, love and a sense of awe.  Throughout the Word of God, we can see the differing ways in which God’s people expressed their (love) worship before the Lord.  It was relational, not just reverential.  Below are Biblical expressions of worship found in Scripture to help you better understand our style of worship.

Singing new songs: (Psalm 144:9 NKJV) The word “new” in Aramaic is “Hadas” which means fresh or unused.
Singing or speaking with your spirit: Refers specifically to ‘tongues’ (1 Cor 14:14-17 NKJV)
Shouting joyfully to Him: Praising God LOUDLY for His triumphs. (Psalm 47:1 NKJV; Ezra 3:10-11 NKJV)
Weeping: Response of intimacy, joy, awe in God’s presence, etc. (Ezra 3:12-13 NKJV)
Lifting up your hands: An outward expression of our hearts; shows dependence, gratitude or surrender. (Nehemiah 8:6 NKJV)
Bowing low with our faces to the ground: Demonstrating reverence and respect. (Nehemiah 8:6 NKJV; Psalm 95:6-7 NKJV)
Kneeling: Shows humility, meekness, and submission. It literally means “to bless” God. (Psalm 95:6-7 NKJV)
Lying Prostrate: Total awe, fear, reverence, humility or adoration. (Revelation 1:10-17 NKJV)
Clapping our hands: “The Father’s heartbeat”; release of joy and thanks. Also a powerful tool against the enemy’s strongholds; many times combined with shouting, praise and singing. (Psalm 47:1 NKJV)
Dancing: celebrates God’s victory and is a full expression of joy or rejoicing. Dancing also expresses intimacy with the Lord. (An example would be “slow dancing.”) (1 Chronicles 15:29 NKJV; Psalm 149:3 NKJV, Psalm 150:4 NKJV; 2 Sam 6:14-16 NKJV; Exodus 15:20 NKJV)
“Falling under the power” or “Being slain in the Spirit” A manifestation that can take place when the power of God comes in contact with man. (Matthew 17:6 NKJV; 1 Kings:8:10-11 NKJV; John 18:6 NKJV; Acts 9:4 NKJV & Revelation 1:17 NKJV)

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