We are distinctly charismatic. What does "charismatic" mean? When "charismatic" was first employed it served as an embracing term. It moved beyond denominational designations to a dimensional description. The dimensions being: 1) opening to the Holy Spirit in the same way the first believers did at Pentecost and throughout the New Testament, 2) worshipping Jesus Christ with profound simplicity and unapologetic forthrightness, and 3) gaining teaching in the Word of God in a quest beyond accruing information to pursuing incarnation, i.e. seeking to see Jesus' ministry being unleashed in and through the lives of multitudes.
It is in this "charismatic dimension" of living for Christ within these core values and by their constant pursuit that the true "Spirit-filled" life is lived. This is irrespective of how people define their theology or describe their experience in the Spirit. The net result of all believers becoming "charismatic" is the total Church's movement beyond so many trapped by seeing themselves as "just layman," to millions becoming "agents of the Kingdom of Love, Life and Light!" It's the pathway of the New Testament people Jesus had in mind when He announced His Church growth and building plan! He seeks the formation of a cadre of world-penetrating, love the lost, reach and care, "witnesses," witnesses who are evidence for the case that Jesus is alive and at work through His church! His plan calls for all people to be:
Taught and lead into God's overflowing promise of life in Christ, including His Spirit's fullness and answering the call to discipleship
Trained in and shaped by God's Word unto ever increasing faith and solid, practical day to day living in their home, workplace, family and private life (II Corinthians, chapters 3 & 4)
Targeted toward an accountable, balanced lifestyle nurtured in a well pastored community of believers (Acts 2:42-47).
This is what charismatic means. And it's what a century of an ongoing, internationally impacting revival was and is meant to bring about. Just as hundreds of millions have answered the call to their moment, many continue with diligence in their pursuit of Christ's purpose today. We have been helped to this moment by their testimony and lives to receive His power, touch the world He died to save and to keep tuned to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.