Oh, I agree. It was a year from my conversion when I was baptised in the Spirit. Unbelievable experience - empowered me to proclaim the Gospel to everyone at school. I used to have crowds of kids gethering round to listen, heckle, and be amazed at what I told them. We had a flourishing Christian Union and our church youth group went into overdrive. Years later I was a worship leader with Vineyard, and years after that I was strongly involved with Hillsong - you may have heard of them I speak in tongues (still can of course), gave words of prophecy and knowledge, and have brought many to Christ.
And finally appreciate it all for the delusion it is But it was a fun ride...
I'm not sure if you were joking but. . .
Here's my list:
- Intricately involved in youth group in highschool - Began leading worship at 16, continued through college. Volunteered about 20hrs a week after college to several churches (leading worship for youth groups, college services and main adult services). I've lead worship regularly for Baptist, Presbyterian, Assembly of God and Non-denominational churches. Average church attendance for the week in each of these churches was 3000+. - Served on 4 mission trips to the Dominican Republic - Served on 2 mission trips to the Bahamas
No, i didn't ever speak in tongues. I personally don't think its that important. There is no record of Jesus doing it so I don't think its a big deal.
Yet, I'm a scientist, a modest one, not an expert in any field. But believing that the God I know would not decieve, I've moved slowly over the past 12 years from YEC to OEC to ID to Evolutionist.
At times its been hard; fearing rejection from family and friends. But the God that I know and the Jesus that I want to be like would not decieve. So I believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, their interaction with my spirit and this thing called Evolution that built my body.