Woodlawn Christian Fellowship
How We Believe
Encountering the Presence of God in our Services
The Shout of Praise
We witness people everywhere shouting over things that excite them and move them to shout enthusiastically. But nowhere are the shouts more appropriate than in the presence of the Lord.
Psalm 47:1 Psalm 66:1 Psalm 95:1
Psalm 12:6 Psalm 40:9 Isaiah 54:1
We have much to shout about concerning the life we now have in Christ. We must let the whole world know the one who has redeemed us and set us free. Whether the shout is a part of our personal nature or not, it is indeed a real part of His Divine Nature. It should be practiced at its appropriate time by the believer.
Lifting Up Holy Hands
The lifting of our hands is an act of worship, and biblical important.
Psalms 63:4 1 Timothy 2:8 Psalms 134:2
The lifting of hands signifies our surrender to the Lord and the recognition of who He is as Lord of Lords.
Waiting On God
There will be periods during a service when we take time to just wait on God. We are careful not to allow our agenda to interfere with what God desires to do. We don’t ever want to interrupt the moving of the Holy Spirit to have the service go our way. We encourage everyone to enter into the hunger for the presence of God. He will never disappoint us if we just reach out for Him. He will renew our strength. Our goal is for each service to be led completely by the Spirit of God, so we wait upon Him to lead us.
Laying On of Hands
In agreement with the Word of God, we lay hands on people to pray for them. Mark 16:8 Mark 6:13 Acts 9:17 Acts 28:8 James 5:14
We have no healing ability or power in and of ourselves, but simply serve as obedient vessels that God can use as a point of contact and agreement with those for whom we are praying. Anointing with oil signifies the presence of the Holy Spirit as we pray.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8 says: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me in both Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth.” We believe that baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every believer and can be accepted just by asking God for it. The baptism of the Holy Spirit provides great boldness and power to witness to the believer. It enables the believer to do what Paul wrote concerning praying in the Spirit and praying and singing in the Spirit with understanding.
When someone is baptized in the Holy Spirit, it is evidenced by speaking in tongues, a heavenly language.
These languages are used by the believer to pray, worship and sing to the Lord as the Holy Spirit flows through them. We are not seeking tongues, but rather His glorious baptism in the Holy Spirit. Tongues will come with the baptism as an evidence of your having been filled. As a result, you may hear those around you speaking in tongues. Acts 10:46 Acts 19:6 Acts 2:4
Slain In the Spirit
There will be times when you might experience or see someone fall to the floor. We call this being “slain in the spirit” or having “gone out” under the power of God. Please know that the awesome power of God is something more than our frail human bodies can handle and will often cause us to be unable to stand. God is always doing something in the lives of the persons who are in the floor such as healing, giving direction, refreshing, changing, or speaking to them. This is the wonder of the God we serve caring so much to meet with us individually.
11 Chronicles 5:14 John 18:6 Revelation 1:17 Acts 9:4 Acts 22:7
About the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Other times you will hear someone speak in tongues and then you hear another person speak in English. This is a message in tongues followed by interpretation as described in 1 Corinthians 12 & 14. The gifts of tongues must be followed by the gift of interpretation so that all in attendance can understand what God is saying to the church. God uses messages in tongues and interpretation to guide, instruct, encourage and support His church. What an awesome thought that the God of Heaven speaks in this way to His Bride.