Things You May Encounter During Your Worship Experience
Recognizing the Flow of the Holy Spirit at Trinity
At Trinity Worship Center we want to provide you with Biblical understanding concerning our Worship Experience. Our
worship time may take forms which may be unfamiliar to you. it is our sincere desire to worship in a Scriptural fashion
according to God’s Word. Our purpose is to give all glory to God. John 4:24 says, “God is a spirit, and those who worship Him
must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” Because Jesus is our Lord, we purpose to obey His Holy Spirit and to adhere to the
truth of His Word, therefore, our worship and praise may take various forms.
Sometimes the service will be structured; other times it will be spontaneous. At time, it may be loud and demonstrative while at
other times, very quiet. There may be an excited celebration of praise and there may be a hushed reverence.
Why do we lift our hands?
* “We lift up our hearts with our hands toward God in the Heavens”. Lamentations 3:41
* “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.” Psalm 134:2
* “So I will bless Thee as long as I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy Name. “ Psalm 63:4
* “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” I Timothy 2:8
As you can see, the lifting up of our hands is a valid scriptural way to worship the Lord. It is a way by which the believer can
respond from our hearts, demonstrating our love and affection before Him during a song that is sung or our agreement with a
word that is spoken or our reaching out with our hearts in prayer. It also shows our surrender to our Heavenly Father and that
our lives belong to Him.
Why Do We Speak In Tongues
The scriptures teaches us that “there are diversification of tongues” which occur as the Spirit wills, and there are four basic
manifestations that are outlined in the Word.
1. Tongues are for personal edification (I Corinthians 14:4): This is the supernatural language the Holy Spirit prays
through us that we can use to pray anytime we desire. It accompanies the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
2. Tongues for interpretation (I Corinthians 14:5): This manifestation of tongues is normally presented in a public
assembly and is accompanied by interpretation by the same or another person.
3. Tongues of deep intercessional groaning’s (Romans 8:26): This diversification of tongues empowers the believers to
stand in the gap for their own lives and the lives of others. God may also call on them to intercede for someone for some
situation that is totally unknown to them.
4. Tongues as a sign to the unbeliever (I Corinthians 14:22): This is the phenomenon that took place on the day of
Pentecost (Acts 2:4-11). It occurs when the Holy Spirit transcends the intellect and all language barrios by empowering
a believer to preach, teach, or testify about Christ in some language of men of which the believer himself has no
You may hear an individual believer begin to speak or sing in tongues. You will usually observe the whole congregation giving
attention to that person, often waiting in silence until someone begins to speak or sin in English. This will be the interpretation
of what was said in tongues. These two gifts combined are equal to prophecy. Now, someone may give a message in English
without someone first speaking in tongues. This is the Scriptural gift of prophecy in operation. In either case they fulfill God’s
purpose which is to edify the Body of Believers.
If you hear the entire congregation speaking or singing in tongues, this is not the gift of various kinds of tongues”
(I Corinthians 12:10) but, rather, each believer’s individual prayer language which is usually received with the initial infilling
of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 19:1-6) and is released by the believer’s will (Jude 1:20) and is directed to God
(I Corinthians 14:2) and therefore does not require interpretation.
We further believe that the believer in Christ may receive the born again experience without having received the baptis or full
immersion of the Spirit of God. There is another experience besides the born again experience and it is called the baptism in the
Holy Ghost. We believe that every believer after receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit shall also receive the evidence of the
filling by speaking in languages that they have not learned. The biblical term is speaking in tongues.
(Isaiah 28:11-12: Mark 16:17: Acts 19:1-6: I Corinthians 14:2: I Corinthians 14:4: I Corinthians 14:14: I Corinthians