WHAT IS MESSIANIC?
Sometimes there is a significant amount of misunderstanding even among “Messianic” believers. Congregations or Synagogues who call themselves “Messianic” do so for a variety of reasons. The term “Messianic” is derived from the Hebrew word “Mashiach” from which we get the English word, “Messiah.” The related term “Messianic” was later applied to the 1st century movement of Yahusha (so-called Jesus) of Nazareth. A number of Hebrew and non-Hebrew scholars have correctly labeled this 1st century movement “Messianic Hebrewism.” The Apostolic scriptures document the events of The Messiah coming to His people Israel as a servant and priest, laying down His life in death via crucifixion. Thus, He offered up Himself as a sacrifice, resulting in an atonement for the sins of His people and the sins of the whole world. It records His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God. Soon He will return to fulfill all the prophecies of the Tanakh (Torah, Prophets and Writings) concerning His kingship and kingdom. He will deliver Israel from all her enemies and exalt her above all the nations. Is it any wonder that Messiah’s name is Yahusha, Hebrew for Yahuah’s Salvation? Thus the term Messiah finds its meaning and fulfillment in Yahusha HaMashiach (Jesus The Messiah). This is why we call ourselves a Messianic congregation. As believers we have returned to our Messiah. He has grafted us into the Hebrew olive tree (Romans 11) and made us partakers with Hebrew believers in the rich root of the olive tree. The rich root being the commonwealth of Israel and the covenants of promise given to them by God Himself through the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
WHAT IS CHARISMATIC?
The Charismatic derive their name from the Greek, CHARISMATA, which refers to the gifts of the spirit. Charismatic (also known as Spirit-filled believers) emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, and modern-day miracles as an everyday part of a believer's life. In some ways a Charismatic church embrace the belief in the modern day operation of spiritual gifts and a distinct Holy Spirit baptism which can enable persons to speak with other tongues. Charismatic’s puts much emphasis upon a freedom of worship focused around praise. Generally a Charismatic church has a more independent, non denominational tone, sometimes with more emphasis on spiritual exploration, and less emphasis on established tradition.
Charismatic believers believe that the gifts (Greek charismata χάρισμα, from charis χάρις, grace) of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament are available to contemporary believers through the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit, with-or-without the laying on of hands. Although the Bible lists many gifts from God through His Holy Spirit, there are nine specific gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 that are Supernatural in nature and are the focus of and distinguishing feature of the Charismatic Movement: Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Gifts of Healing, Miraculous Powers, Prophecy, Distinguishing between Spirits, Speaking in different Tongues (Languages), and Interpretation of Tongues. The Charismatic Movement is based on a belief that these gifts are still available today.