How (I Was Taught) To Act In Church

How I was taught to act in church:  Be quiet, sit still, behave, just listen, be passive, don’t talk, watch the preacher, be like everyone one else, don’t ask questions, only do what the program says, don’t laugh, don’t be spontaneous, don’t show emotion, act like you’re interested even when you’re not.

How the Bible says to act in church:  “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” –1 Corinthians 14:26 NIV

Community is not one person continually speaking to everybody else — it’s everybody speaking to everybody. Church is called to be community!

Biblically, church is not a religious ceremony conducted by one man.  It is a spiritual adventure actively involving numerous people.

Experience participatory, community church in Nashville, where ordinary people show and tell what God has done:  Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry Street, 37207 — The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center.

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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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