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What We Believe
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate and subsequent work in the believer's Christian walk. At salvation, the new believer has a measure of the Spirit, for it was the Holy Spirit which had been drawing him to Christ, however the baptism of the Spirit is when believers receive the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had promised in John 15:26 and 16:7.
The baptism is received by a believer simply faithfully asking and expecting the Father to fill him with the Holy Spirit.
The initial infilling of the Spirit is ALWAYS evidenced by the believer speaking in a new tongue. This baptism is where the believer is "endued with Power from on High" and is the "earnest (down payment) of our inheritance" and a point at which the Spirit can impart to individuals His Gifts which edify the body.
Mark 16:16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:4