Partner Manual Ordinances
Spirit of Faith Christian Center
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Spirit of Faith Christian Center and every aspect of the ministry are supported by the tithes and offerings of the partners, guests, and all those who attend our services. Through tithing and giving offerings, the maintenance, operating expenses, construction, utilities, employee compensation, missions, and other expenses of this ministry are covered.
The Lord Himself commanded us to do this. Therefore, at Spirit of Faith Christian Center, we will participate in and celebrate in the Lord’s Supper. The observance of the Lord’s Supper is meant to be a time of great purpose and power. How often should we participate? Once a month? Weekly? Twice a month? All of the above – and as often as you might believe is appropriate. Jesus shared with us “As often as you do it, do it in remembrance of me.” The partners of Spirit of Faith Christian Center will come together regularly to partake together – praising, worshipping, and committing ourselves to the Lord.
Baptism is a vital part of the Believer’s life. Acceptance of Jesus Christ and Savior and Lord is required before one can be baptized. Water baptism publicly identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we participate, we say “I am finished with the old life. I want to life in the power of the resurrected life of Jesus. I will be loyal to the kingdom of God.
In baptisms that are elaborated on in the New Testament, it was clearly shown that the baptized were those who heard, believed, rejoiced, and served. As a result, we do not baptize babies. However, we follow the tradition of blessing babies and dedicating them to the Lord – with parents and extended family standing in agreement.
LAYING ON OF HANDS
There are three main uses of the laying on of hands in scripture:
- To impart blessings, authority, and healing
- To impart baptism with Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts
- To commission ministers.
We participate in this ordinance at SOFCC for all of these reasons based on the direction of Holy Spirit.