Purpose of Church — Running Religious Programs or Connecting People With Christ?

The purpose of church is not to run religious programs.  The purpose of church is to help people connect with, follow, and daily obey the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

When people begin to listen to Jesus and do what He tells them to, there is no more need for religious programs. Church gatherings can then flow freely, spontaneous and unprogrammed.  This leads people beyond sit and listen church services into participatory, interactive, spontaneous worship meetings based on open sharing and testimony as led by the Spirit.

When in a meeting where the Lord is present and freely adored, no one is bored.  They might be uncomfortable, afraid, convicted of their sin.  Or they might be inspired, thrilled, transformed.  But they can’t be bored!

We need to get back to New Testament style church focused on life-based teaching rather than classroom-style teaching. I don’t think Jesus taught much classroom-style lecture like today’s church does. Jesus’ teaching was sharing life with His disciples and letting His teaching flow out of real life situations.  All Christ-followers should teach like that today — through Spirit-led interaction, not just through prepackaged pulpit presentations.

 

 

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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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5 Responses to Purpose of Church — Running Religious Programs or Connecting People With Christ?

  1. Very true friend! May God showers you with His blessings! Thank you for sharing this my friend! !!

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