Spritiual Gifts, the Miraculous and the Emerging Church
I’m interested in hearing different beliefs/experiences of those who consider themselves part of the emerging/emergent church when it comes to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and signs and wonders etc.
As someone who is exploring all things postmodern and emerging I find it hard to discover any writing or concrete comment on this subject (maybe conrete isn’t the correct word - as I’m learning there is a lot more grey than black and white).
I’m not a theologian by any matter of means and I’m certainly not as eloquent as many of the contributers here on OST but I feel I must start this thread. I have found myself on a joureny of late - from a pseudo-Pentecostal/Charismatic/Evangelical background to a more post-modern, emerging, fresh expression of Christianity.
So, for some of those who may have walked this path before me….
What are some of the stances on the receiving, operation and understanding of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I’m not so much refering to the ‘ascension’ gifts (Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher and Evengelist) but if the thread goes that way then so be it. I’m refering to the manifestations of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Cor 12:7-11 (commonly referred to as the word of wisdom, word of knowledge, the gift of faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, discerning of spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues). Also, how is the baptism of the Holy Spirit perceived?
I’m trying my best not to label or pin down any of this to a title, a doctrine or a tradition. Please fogive me if I’m refering to such things in ways that sound concretely fixed to any denomination or tradition.
In my experience I can witness to God’s power. I have seen and experienced the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
I have also witnessed an unhealthy weight placed upon such things and have seen the gifts and the ‘power/presence of God’ become idols to people and get treated like the be-all-and-end-all of Christian experience.
I guess the emerging expression breaks that mould and, personally, I thank God for that.
But I have a lot of unanswered questions around this partcular area and I’m very keen to dialog with others and see how they express such things as the ‘gifts of the Spirit’ in a post-modern, emerging context.
to ruffle any featI’m certainly not tryinghers with this.
I think some open and honest dialogue is required here as, from what I can tell, there are many in the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition that seek to express themselves in a post-modern, emerging context but, like me, have a few unanswered questions.
Maybe I’m asking the wrong questions. Any guidance is much obliged.