This article was first published on our church website
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” (Acts 2:17-18)
In last week’s devotional, https://www.wearekingsgate.org/acts-2-the-holy-spirit/, Dan wrote about the Holy Spirit. This week I want to build upon his article and ask the question: What does it mean for us as individuals and as a church to be Charismatic?
Firstly, 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 too far there?). It also has nothing to do with preferring guitars and drums in the band to violins and cellos (that’s called musical taste). 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 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 that they 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 life and church is one that eagerly and fervently pursues the work and activity of the Spirit in every aspect and dimension. Yes, this will be seen in times of worship (Ephesians 5 :18-20) through new 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 a sense 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)
Dear Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit! Thank you that Jesus promised us that it would be better for us if he was to go away because then the Counsellor (the Holy Spirit) would come alongside us. I pray for myself and the whole church family here at Kingsgate that we would be awash with the life and presence of the Holy Spirit. Lord, make me and us a full-throttle charismatic! Amen