The question itself isn’t necessarily serious, but I am asking it in a “seriously want to know what you think” manner.
In an emerging/missional context, what do you think distinguishes a post-charismatic missional person from a cessasionist missional person?
I know that my friends here come from both sides of this fence, not that I think there should be sides or a fence. My hope in bringing this up is for understanding perspectives, NOT for creating boundaries or divisions. I’d love to hear answers from both perspectives.
You don’t necessarily have to identify yourself as charismatic or cessasionist in your response. I’m mostly wanting to hear your thoughts on this, as you see it, without wanting to apply labels to everyone.
Many of the post-charismatics involved in the emerging conversation are often no longer part of a charismatic congregation and aren’t interested in recreating that style of church experience.
I have a feeling that as we move forward into emerging/missional expressions of community, we will find ourselves working together, no longer divided by traditional boundaries.
When I originally wrote the term charismissional, I defined it as spirit-led missional living. However, I am well aware that spirit-led describes most of the voices in this conversation, including those who hold to cessasionist beliefs. (I’m not sure if cessasionist is the term I should be using here, but I couldn’t think of another.)
For the post-charismatics, do you think there is a uniqueness to your expression in this conversation because of your charismatic background? What from your charismatic tradition do you think will continue to play a part in your life as a missional believer? More specifically, what do you think would be a visibly charismatic aspect of this?
For the cessasionists, are there areas of the conversation with charismatics that you don’t relate to or turn you off? Do you see discussions of prophecy, signs and wonders, or the supernatural as distinctly charismatic?
I optimistically believe that we can appreciate the unique perspective and expression that each one brings to the conversation while recognizing the life of the Spirit that we see in one another.