Is Sunrise a charismatic church?
If you are asking this question, you are probably
wondering if we "speak in tongues" at Sunrise. The answer to that is,
no. While we respect that other Christians may disagree, we do not
understand the Biblical gift of tongues to refer to ecstatic utterances
or a secret prayer language. It is our understanding that "tongues"
refers to other earthly languages, as evidenced throughout the New
Testament book of Acts.
So can you practice tongues and attend Sunrise?
Yes, you can. You are free to "speak in tongues" in private, as you
respect our position during our corporate worship times.
In a broader sense, the Greek word "charis" refers
to special abilities or gifts of grace distributed by the Holy Spirit
(see Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4). We do
believe these gifts are still given to believers today, including gifts
of leadership, mercy, hospitality, teaching, faith, giving, etc.