At New Hope, we invite the Holy Spirit to come and minister in our midst. We do not want to meet only to learn about God and His word intellectually, we also want to have an encounter with the Living Word of God in our personal experiences everyday.
You may have questions about some of what you see and hear if you’re unfamiliar with the gifts of the Spirit. That’s normal. Just remain open to what God wants to do for you and in you.
During our services, you may see the Holy Spirit minister in a variety of Biblical ways, including:
Prophecy: “He who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” (1Cor. 14:3)
Baptism of the Holy Spirit: “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Holy spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:4)
Personal prayer language or tongues: “I will pray with my spirit and I will also pray with my mind.” (1 Cor. 14:15)
Tongues and interpretation: “To one there is given through the Spirit…speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.” (1 Cor. 12:10)
Words of knowledge and wisdom: “To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge…” (1 Cor. 12:8)
Laying on of hands: “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by the laying on of hands…” (1 Tim. 4:14)
Anointing with oil and praying for healing: “Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well…” (James 5:14,15)
When people receive ministry from God, they are sometimes affected in a visible physical way such as crying, laughing, shouting, shaking or trembling or falling over. Others may have no visible physical reaction at all. This is a personal response to the touch of God.
The presence of any visible manifestation is not an indicator of a person’s spirituality or proof that God has actually touched them. Every blessing we receive from God is by faith whether we have a manifestation or not.
Our desire at New Hope is that the Holy Spirit is welcome to minister freely in our services and people are free to respond to ministry in a personal way.
We also maintain an atmosphere of Biblical order and accountability. To learn more, please read our Ministry Guidelines.