Wake Up Church! Present The Pervading Holy Presence!

Should church consist of:

A pre-arranged program or a pervading Holy Presence?

A man-made message or God-breathed spiritual life?

Passively watching a pastor or priest perform or people passionately pursuing God’s Presence and Person?

Religious head-knowledge or radical heart-transformation?

Being conformed to a corrupt culture or being conformed to Christ?

Hearing human explanations of the idea of God or having a personal encounter with God, Himself?

The exaltation of one human being over everybody else or the entire group coming together as equals to experience and to exalt Christ?

Ritual or revival?

Human manipulation or the mighty movement of God?

Routine or revolution?

Irrelevance or going viral?

The church is the people of God.  Let God’s people wake up and be what God has called us to be!  Have the guts to be godly, the courage to be Christ-like.

We have seen what a church organized and run by humanity can do.  Now let us put down our programs and personal agendas and let God directly control His church.  Let God do whatever He wants, whether we like it or not!  What will happen if we do?  A church controlled by God is demonstrated in the New Testament Book of Acts.  I dare you to read it this week.

 

 

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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23 Responses to Wake Up Church! Present The Pervading Holy Presence!

  1. marcusampe says:

    Most people are afraid to let the Holy Spirit of God enter their minds and let it do the work. They think it should be an institution which guides them, while it should be Gods word that guides those who want to follow Him and His son. It is not the man-made message nor the man-made church were God is looking for , it is Jesus as fundamental having followers who want to bring others close to the Father of Jesus. The personal experiences of human person can help to give others an idea how men were helped in the past and how God is willing to help anybody who is prepared to give himself to God. The ones wanting to follow the guidance of Jesus and wanting to listen to the Words of God, trying to do them, that make the real Church of God.

  2. findingtheway777 says:

    Love the post but it’s great to read the booked Acts, but I dare Christians to begin to live it. God may you help Christians move in that direction. Great post.
    Blessings,
    Gail

    • Steve Simms says:

      So true, findingtheway. Reading the Book of Acts without living it is but an intellectual pursuit. However, living it is a spiritual/practical pursuit. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  3. elizabeth s says:

    amen Amen Amen AMEn AMEN

  4. elizabeth s says:

    WE R THE CHURCH! THE BUILDING IS A HOUSE OF WORSHIP!

  5. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks for that strong “Amen corner,” elizabeth!

  6. Reblogged this on Rough-Hewn Blog and commented:
    Excellent Steve! I agree wholeheartedly, the church needs to wake up! I have discussed this same thing many times in the past few years with some friends we meet with occasionally.

  7. Scott Sholar says:

    Thank you for sharing, and God bless you.

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