A couple of years ago I was interviewed concerning how we at Bridgeway Church facilitate the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our services. Below are my answers. Continue reading . . .
A couple of years ago I was interviewed concerning how we at Bridgeway Church facilitate the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our services. Below are my answers.
1. How would you describe the role of the Holy Spirit in your church in general and in your weekly corporate gatherings in particular?
We are very open and up front about our belief in the work of the Spirit in gifts and other supernatural ways. We talk about it openly and I often teach on the subject. I recently taught on 1 Corinthians 12-14, verse by verse. We have a time of prayer before every service with a fervent request that the Spirit would come in power and bring healing and revelatory insights, etc. We are always open to the possibility that the Spirit might lead us in a different direction from the one we had planned. So, if during corporate worship we sense the Spirit prompting us to pause and pray for people with a particular struggle in life, we do it. Our worship leaders will often sense the Spirit’s prompting to lead into what we call “prophetic worship” in which spontaneous, unplanned songs are sung.
There is also a great deal of freedom and open expression in our worship that we trust is the work of the Spirit. We have several people who worship by dancing, usually at the sides of the auditorium so as not to distract others. It isn’t unusual for us to have a prophetic word spoken (by not unusual, I mean twice a month on average).
There is also great openness and freedom in regard to our desire for and expectations of the Spirit working. We are very conscious and verbal about our dependence upon the Spirit and we often speak