Charismatic Worship: Responding to the Spirit

Worship, for Pentecostal and charismatic Christians, is an expression of the experience and empowerment of the Holy Spirit—an event which for many brings the Scriptures to life and continuously incarnates Jesus Christ in his church. The release of a life of praise, of intercession, and of spiritual gifts for ministry takes place in the setting of the body of Christ at worship.

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Charismatic Gifts in Early Christian Worship

The New Testament spiritual gifts—especially prophecy, tongues, and interpretation, along with healing—continued to manifest themselves in the life of the church up to and beyond the fourth century. Evidence in the literature from this period indicates that these gifts were respected among the “established” church leadership, referred to by important theologians, and practiced especially throughout the “underground” church.

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Slain in the Spirit (Falling Under the Power) in Early Christian Worship

The experience of being “slain in the Spirit” often accompanies worship in Pentecostal and charismatic churches. It is attested in the history of Christian revival movements, and a certain basis for it may be found in the Scriptures.

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Philosophy of Music in the Charismatic Tradition

Unique to music in charismatic worship is what is known as “singing in the Spirit.” This form of music is characterized by a spontaneous response to the work of the Spirit in the worship service. It is based on a theology that emphasizes the dynamic and ongoing presence of the Spirit among believers.

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Sunday Worship in International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Churches

Since its inception in 1923, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel has understood worship as being a lifestyle of Spirit-produced, Christlike character, attitudes, and adherence to the biblical commands and principles, bringing glory to God and the gospel to others.

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Sunday Worship in Assemblies of God Churches

Perhaps the best way to describe worship in the Assemblies of God would be to focus initially on the ideal of that event among believers and congregations. “Pentecostal” worship centers on the immanent work of the Holy Spirit within the worshiping community.

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