The Greek word “charisma”, or derivatives thereof, is translated as “grace” nearly every time we see it in the Scriptures. ¬†For instance, in Colossians 3:16 we read:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

It has nothing to do with a dynamic personality, and certainly nothing to do with jabbering incoherently. ¬†Biblically speaking, a charismatic Christian is simply a gracious Christian. ¬†Consider Paul’s admonition to the believers at Ephesus in Ephesians 4:29:

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

In II Peter 3:18, the Lord wants us to “grow in grace”:

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

God give us more charismatic Baptists!