Things you might see or hear
During our service if you see, or hear things which you are unfamiliar with, these brief explanations and bible references may be helpful.
If you see someone fall over whilst being prayed with … this is known as falling under the power of the Holy Spirit, and happens when the Holy Spirit of God comes upon a person to minister to them. It does not happen all the time, nor is it necessary for the person to fall over to receive something from God. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. See Acts 9:4 and 22:7.
If you see people raising their hands whilst singing, or praying … this is a reflection of the persons worship to God, or is an expression of openness and a desire to receive something from God. See Psalms 63:4, 134:2 and 1 Timothy 2:8.
If you see the Minister putting oil on the head of a person who is being prayed with … this is known as the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. It is a method of prayer used in the bible and is used in a variety of circumstances, particularly when praying with the sick, or when blessing someone in a new ministry. See Mark 6:13, 16:18, Acts 9:17, 28:8 and James 5:14.
If you see, or hear people speaking in an unknown, or foreign sounding language … this is known as speaking in tongues. Everyone who is a Christian receives the Holy Spirit of God living within them. When praying we often do not know, or have the right words to say in a particular situation. God helps us by allowing His Spirit within us to speak directly to Him without using our own language. The sounds you hear are the Holy Spirit talking to God. See Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:2, 4, 5, 13, 18, 22 and 39.
Sometimes a person may speak in tongues out loud at which point the meeting will quieten down … following a brief period of time the same person, or another person may give an interpretation of the message in English. This is where God has spoken into the meeting through His Spirit and has given the interpretation of that message so that He may encourage us, or speak directly into a situation. See John 4:19, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1, 3-5, 13, 22, 24-25, 31 and 39.
Sometimes you may hear people singing in tongues during the worship time … this is similar to praying in tongues but is in the form of worship to God when people do not have the words to express, or describe their love for God. See Ephesians 5:18-19, 1 Corinthians 14:15.
There may be other times where … members of the congregation will share a vision, or even a picture which God has put into their thoughts. They may give a testimony about something God has shown them in the bible, or which has happened to them as a result of prayer, or need. These are all biblical expressions of God communicating with His people, and they are intended to build us up and to encourage us in our faith.
If you have any questions about the things you see, hear, or experience during the Service, please speak to your host or a member of the church, and you will be put in touch with someone who can help you, and to explain. Do not be afraid of what God does amongst His people. He loves all men and draws us to Himself because He loves us.