Understanding Spiritual Gifts in the Ancient New Way--We will not base our unity or fellowship on a person's view of the spiritual gifts. Within our congregation, there are a variety of views concerning spiritual gifts. Some believe that gifts such as prophecy, tongues and healing ceased with the death of the last apostle, while others believe that such gifts are still manifest today and can be a powerful tool in building up the community of faith. This congregation already reflects unity amidst this diversity as we love those on all sides of this question. We encourage those who seek to exercise such gifts to do so with humility and respect for those who do not share their belief, and that likewise, we encourage those who question the authenticity of such gifts to be gracious and loving to those who feel called to express them. The self-sacrificial love the Holy Spirit produces in us takes precedence over any particular gift He may give a person and over our differing views of this question (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5).