Churches like to have special Sundays. For example, many churches have an annual Youth Sunday when the church teenagers actually run the church service, from song leading, to announcements, to sermon, while the pastor sits and watches.
So I was wondering, since many churches are willing to turn over one Sunday morning worship meeting to their youth, why not also turn one Sunday a year over to Jesus and let him run it while the pastor sits and watches?
Churches teach that Jesus is alive and present in their Sunday morning meeting. If what they teach is really true, then why not let Jesus personally lead at least one Sunday morning meeting per year?
Now I’ve been to Youth Sundays before. They are often awkward. Sometimes kids mess up and say or do the wrong things (or say or do the right things at the wrong time). Although it can be uncomfortable, the people in the pews graciously smile and encourage the teen leaders. And the church survives.
I think churches would survive a Jesus-Demonstration-Sunday. The pastor could say: “This Sunday we are going to let Jesus run the morning service and demonstrate His Presence and reality to us all. All we ask is that you focus, listen to Jesus’ voice in your heart, and do whatever He tells you to do. I’m sitting down now and the next voice you hear will be someone sharing something with us that Jesus told him to.”
What would happen if a pastor actually did that? You would be amazed. A beautiful tapestry of hearts touched by Jesus would unfold before the congregation. The living Jesus Christ would literally talk to people and direct them to say and do amazing, heart-felt things.
And it is Biblical. Paul said: “My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power; that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:4-5)
Has a Jesus-Demonstration-Sunday ever been tried before? Yes. A church in Nashville has a Jesus-Demonstration-Sunday, not just once a year, but every Sunday morning. This is called organic church and/or simple church. Here is their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=63112196944