What is charismatic worship?
I think there is a slight misunderstanding of what charismatic worship is today in the sense that often I believe that charismatics would think of worship where there is a contemporary style, mixed in with a lot of passion and devotion and perhaps some lifted hands as charismatic worship, even though it might be completely led from the front and there is no sense of community interaction and indeed no presence of the gifts of the spirit, ie the charismatic.
I do not despise contemporary worship, nor passionate or devotional worship music, but I don’t think it is automatically charismatic because of these traits. Rather I am longing for a truly biblical charismatic worship to be restored in the church today. What is the Bible teaching us:
26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.
28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.
29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.
30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.
31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged,
32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.
33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
1 Cor 14:26-33
What is charismatic worship?
It is a grace thing! Grace has been given to all, each one who believe! Gifts of grace is an evidence of God’s grace within a church community. I don’t believe it’s enough with a central worship team or few selected individuals who have permission to share prophetic words 0r similar. Let the grace of God give freedom to people to share what the Holy Spirit distributes as He wills. There should be evidence of Gods grace among you and one way is by evidence of grace gifts in the body.
It is a leadership thing! Rather than hindering people to share because they are not mature enough, we should know that gifts are not given by maturity but by grace. I believe in order, but it is not the order that creates freedom, rather in an atmosphere of freedom there should be mature biblical leadership present to create security and uphold order. Lets honour the Bible by encouraging people and give room to share but also by correcting, guiding through, help to understand what is happening, call for response to what God is saying, wait for interpretation of tongues and so forth. In Corinth instructions about order did not come first. There was an overflow of gifts first. Paul did not try to quench this but rather called for biblical leaders to create order and security within this. We do not create an atmosphere of gifts of the spirit by order but we do maintain and keep it biblical through it.
It is a gospel thing! There has been a strong tendency within contemporary to be seeker friendly and even in charismatic churches to downplay the charismatic expressions in order not to offend any unbelievers. Personally I believe that charismatic gifts of the Spirit are closely linked to the proclamation of the gospel in the sense that it carries the power of God to heal, reveal hearts of men and the heart of God and make the power of God evident. In 1 Corinthians 14:20-25 Paul seem to be arguing that tongues is a sign of the power of God for unbelievers and prophecy will lead unbelievers to a conviction of the reality of God’s presence.
Lets press on to more than contemporary worship. Lets contend for charismatic worship where the presence of God through His word and Spirit is at the center of it all.