Biblical Summary about Spiritual Gifts
The primary places in the Bible we learn about Spiritual Gifts are: 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Peter 4
From these Scriptures we learn the following key information about Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual gifts are sovereignly given by God and are not received as the product of human effort or training (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 18).
No one spiritual gift is universal (1 Corinthians 12:27-31).
Every believer has at least one spiritual gift and is responsible to God for being a good steward of that/those gift(s) (1 Peter 4:10).
Spiritual gifts help indicate God’s call and purpose for the believer’s life (Romans 12:2-8).
Biblical Summary of the Holy Spirit and His Work
The baptism with the Holy Spirit is a one-time experience at the moment of spiritual birth, while the filling of the Holy Spirit is a repeated event in the believer’s life (Ephesians 4:5; 5:18).
The Holy Spirit indwells and seals all believers at the moment of spiritual birth (Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:9).
The Holy Spirit fills believers as they yield their will to God in obedience (Ephesians 5:15 18).
The Holy Spirit draws attention not to Himself or the individual person, but to the Son (John 16:14).
Benchmark Parameters for the “Sign Gifts”
We believe the “sign gifts” (tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, miracles, and prophecy) had a special role in validating the presence and power of God during the initial expansion of the church, as well as providing important guidance until the canon of Scripture was in place. We also recognize that if and when God does choose to bestow these gifts today, they must fit the biblical descriptions given for them, as well as be subject to all of the guidelines of Scripture that govern their exercise.
Scripture, composed of the 66 books of the canon, is God’s complete revelation and the final authority for doctrine and practice (2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
Scripture provides all that we need to know “for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” and also “for being thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:14-16).
Experience is always to be tested by and submitted to the authority of Scripture.
Since the canon of Scripture is closed, no current revelation from God exists on the level of that contained in Scripture. Moreover, if someone claims to have a “word from the Lord,” it must be tested for validity by the other godly believers (1 Corinthians 14:29-31) and be in total compatibility with what God has already revealed in Scripture.
Prophecy, Healing, and Miracles
In the formation of the early church as described in the texts of Scripture, these gifts contained unique and important power in establishing apostolic authority and in validating the presence and power of God (2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4).
In the established New Testament church, these gifts contained the same purposes as all the spiritual gifts, which were to be exercised for the edification of the body, the advancement of the gospel, and the glory and praise of God (1 Corinthians 12:7; 14:3, 4, 24, 25, 31; Ephesians 4:16).
As with all of the rest of the spiritual gifts, results are not dependent alone on the possession and exercise of the gift by the user. The Spirit who gives the gifts as He wills also determines the results as He wills.
Nature of Tongues
Supernatural, yet controllable (Acts 2:3-4; 1 Corinthians 14:27-28).
Cadence acknowledges that Scripture shows that tongues are known, real languages meant as a sign for unbelievers (Acts 2:6; 1 Corinthians 14:10-11, 22) as well as that tongues may be speech that no one understands meant as praise to God and edification of the body through interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:2, 5, 14-17).
Use of Tongues
In the Church, or other gatherings of the body, one at a time (1 Corinthians 14:27).
In the Church, or other gatherings of the body, only with an interpreter, if there is no interpreter the person should “keep silent and speak to himself and God” (1 Corinthians 14:27-28).
If anyone speaks in a tongue, “two or at the most three should speak” at any given meeting, and only if there is interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:27).
The primary purpose is to build up the body, not the individual (1 Corinthians 14:26).
Attitude toward “Sign Gifts”
We are to test the spirits – maintaining a godly discernment (1 John 4:1-3).
At the same time, we are not to put out the Spirit’s fire and not treat prophecies with contempt. We are to test everything and hold on to the good (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21).
While these gifts are not the “greater gifts,” those that exercise these gifts are not to be treated with suspicion, disrespect, or contempt by the rest of the body just because they exercise these gifts (1 Corinthians 12:14-31).
Members of Cadence are united in our common task of obedience to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We believe that the central truths in which we are united are more important than those beliefs on which we differ. We also recognize that staff members of Cadence may have a responsibility to sending churches that they represent. As such, Cadence staff has the freedom to represent and teach these policy matters in accordance with their own convictions as well as those of their endorsing and sending churches.
Cadence believes that the biblical doctrine of the Body of Christ teaches our oneness together, and demands that we do our utmost to keep the “unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). Therefore, Cadence staff has the freedom to teach their biblical convictions on these matters but must not denigrate and belittle other possible biblical views and interpretations held by other Cadence staff, which could possibly cause unnecessary strife and division within the Cadence body.
Ministry leaders in local settings have the freedom to shepherd and lead their local body’s exercise (or non exercise) of the “sign gifts” according to their own personal biblical convictions and in accordance with the guidelines of these policies and procedures.