MBI maintains that there is one baptism of the Holy Spirit that occurs at the time a person is born again,1 placing that one into the body of Christ.2 MBI also distinguishes between spiritual gifts distributed to believers to equip them for ministry3 and the "sign gifts" which are understood to have been manifestations of the Holy Spirit to authenticate the messenger and the gospel message during the foundational period of the church.4 Therefore, Moody holds that "sign gifts" are not normative for the church today.5 While this institutional position is not and must not be a test of fellowship with those whose traditions differ, members of this community will not practice or propagate practices at variance with Moody's position.
1- Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13
2- Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12
3- 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:7-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11
4- 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; 14:20-22
5- 1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8-10 by Innocent Morris