What does it mean to “gather in Jesus’ name”?

Do we “gather in Jesus’ name”? (“Where two or three have gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” –Jesus)
* To so something in someone’s name means to act under that person’s authority and direction, not your own. Acting in someone’s name requires us to deny our own desires and instead to precisely follow and obey the other person’s direct leadership and instructions.
* “It is possible to have hundreds of people gathered for church and still not have two or three gathered in His (Jesus’) name.” –Jim L. Wilson

So what should be the focus in church? Who or what should get and hold our attention during a worship service?
A speaker? A message? A screen? A singer and musicians? A program? Or the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, Himself?
–Shouldn’t what is spoken and/or done in a church meeting, direct our attention to Jesus, who is actually present with us as we meet in His name?

Open, Spirit-led sharing and testimonies in a church service create a spiritual contagion that spreads from heart-to-heart, igniting passionate love for the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.  Perhaps this is church “in His name.”  Faith in Christ is more caught than taught.

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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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