The International Charismatic Church Network takes its Charismatic name from the Greek words charis, which is the English transliteration of the Greek word for grace, and mata, which is the Greek word meaning gifts. Charismatic therefore means ‘grace gifts’.
The Network emphasises the manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit. So often throughout church history, and especially in modern times, charismatic Christians have been marginalised, often from within churches that simply do not understand the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Within the bible there are three lists of the ‘gifts of the Spirit.’ These three main passages are: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Corinthians 12:28. In Romans 12 we read about: prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and mercy. The list in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 includes: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues. In 1 Corinthians 12:28 we read about the gifts of: healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
We at TICCN are keen to encourage people to ensure that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is in evidence in those who exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We find the fruit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”