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Where are the Spirit-filled Missional Churches?

One of the main reasons that God gives us the Holy Spirit is to fulfil his mission. So you would think that a church being missional – reaching out to others, serving them in Jesus name and having conversations about faith – would be great evidence that a church is filled with the Spirit.

Charismatic Churches?

Many charismatics have thriving missionary organisations and are some of the fasting growing churches in the world. They certainly are reaching out to others.

Gifts of the spirit are rightly used to build each other up, pray for each other and encourage one another but God’s intention is that our experience of the Holy Spirit should overflow to others and sadly that isn’t always the case.

Missional Churches?

There are also many non-charismatic churches out there with a missional emphasis. For example there appears to be a growing missional emphasis in many emerging churches – who have tried to get their heads around things such as post-modern thinking, creativity in worship and being culturally relevant.

A number of key people from these emerging missional churches have been disillusioned with the charismatic movement and so this movement appears very different from charismatic Christianity but still has a passion to reach out to others.

CharisMissional Churches?

Wouldn’t it be great if this new missional movement that is growing out of the emerging church got back in touch with their some of their charismatic roots? Of course they would need to deal with the issues and excesses that led them to leave in the first place but as I discussed in the review of ‘Post-Charismatic?’ I don’t think that would be a bad thing. What do you think?

November 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm
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