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03 Charisma

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The Charismatic Christian Beliefs that the gifts (Greek charismata χάρισμα, from charis χάρις, grace) of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament are available through the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit, with-or-without the laying on of hands.
These spiritual gifts are manifested in the form of signs, miracles, and wonders, including, but not limited to, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, healing, and discernment of spirits.
While Pentecostals and charismatics share these beliefs, there are differences.

Many in the charismatic movement deliberately distanced themselves from Pentecostalism for cultural and theological reasons.
Foremost among theological reasons is the tendency of many Pentecostals to insist that speaking in tongues is always the initial physical sign of receiving Spirit baptism.
Although specific teachings will vary from group to group, charismatics generally believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit occurs at the new birth and prefer to call subsequent encounters with the Holy Spirit by other names, such as "being filled".
In contrast to Pentecostals, charismatics tend to accept one or all of the supernatural experiences (such as prophecy, miracles, healing, or "physical manifestations and the likes") as evidence of having been baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit.
Pentecostals are also distinguished from the charismatic movement on the basis of style.
Also, Pentecostals have traditionally placed a high value on evangelization and missionary work.
Charismatics, on the other hand, have tended to see their movement as a force for revitalization, renewal and spiritual growth within their own church traditions.

Wikipedia charismatic beliefs
with personal additions.

With the neo-Charismatic movement I hold the view that one receives the Holy Spirit at the moment that a person is newly born in Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit in itself, or with other words the outpouring of the grace gifts of ones live will or will not follow directly upon this conversion.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (AMP) “Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.”

Spiritual gifts are not the same as the gift of the Spirit. The gift of the Spirit has been bestowed on all believers, and every member of the body should appropriate this gift. The gifts of the Spirit, on the other hand, are distributed as he decides to each person, also there is to note that these Gifts do not necessarily involve the gift of glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues), The Spirit of God gives freely to each need, ability and understanding.
1 Corinthians 12:10-11 (AMP) “To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues.
11 All these [gifts, achievements, abilities] are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually [exactly] as He chooses.”

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