As I continue our 1 in 300 series, I want to attempt to explain what it means to be charismatic. First, it doesn’t mean blowing your theological brains out and joining some freaky fringe group that likes men in white suits (Did I go a bit far there?). It also has nothing to do with preferring guitars and drums in the band to violins and cellos. So much of what is often described as charismatic is about the packaging rather than the heart. So what does it mean to be charismatic?
It means that we believe that all spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Romans 12:6-8) and ministries (Ephesians 4:11) are gifts of grace (Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7) given by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:11; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10) and are valid for today. As Christians we are called to live Spirit-empowered lives (Acts 1:4-8) and to eagerly desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1).
Put very simply, a charismatic church is one that eagerly and fervently pursues the work and activity of the Spirit in every aspect and dimension of the church. Yes this will be seen in times of worship (Ephesians 5 :18-20) through new and songs, but it will be much much more than just that! It will be a church that is fizzing and bubbling over with the very life of the Holy Spirit! It should be an exciting community to be part of because there is always an air of the unexpected.
Let me finish with a quote from Terry Virgo:
‘The gathered church is meant to be a place where the presence of the Holy Spirit is evident; you can’t miss Him if He is Manifest!’
(The Spirit-Filled Church: Finding your place in God’s purpose)