Quotes & Notes on Spirit-Prompted Church Meetings

Hear God where you are.  Follow Him to where He is.  D.L. Moody said:  “The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.”

Within every person is a spiritual cell phone that can hear directly from God. God, Himself, is ready to teach, guide, instruct, train, and lead each one of us into spiritual battle. Do you hear God’s ringtone?  If we are always listening to men, how will we “hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches”?

“To the individual believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit there is granted the direct impression of the Spirit of God on the spirit of man, imparting the knowledge of His will in matters of the smallest and greatest importance. This has to be sought and waited for.” ~G. Campbell Morgan

What would happen if church started with a sincere invitation for God to interrupt and override the order of worship?  “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God” ―Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What if a church service allowed time for the people to listen to God and then to obey what He tells them?  “One act of obedience is worth a hundred sermons.” ―Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“I believe God’s desire to speak through a professional minister is extremely overrated, and His desire to speak through every member of the church body is not valued enough…I honestly believe, if we, the church begin…to allow every member to manifest the Spirit of God for the common good, we will be a stronger, healthier body.” –Bob Kuhn

“People are so prone to lean upon gifted men. And if they cannot have such, they get discouraged and scattered, instead of getting lovingly together and helping one another by their mutual faith.” ~C.H. Mackintosh  (Get together with us at The Salvation Army Berry Street where instead of sitting and listening to one gifted man, ordinary people lovingly help one another with “their mutual faith.”)

“The testimony meetings continue for two hours or more and people are standing waiting to testify all the time.” –from “The Apostolic Faith” (a newspaper published 1906-1908, during the Azusa Street Revival).  Experience testimony meetings every Sunday at Berry Street–where everyday people show and tell what God has done!

“In the early church, there was no distinction between clergy and laity. One entered the ministry by coming into Christ. All believers were priests. There was no special caste.” –Bill & Elaine Cook

“Ninety-nine percent of God’s people attend worship services Sunday after Sunday for years on end, without ever contributing any true spiritual ministry to the body of gathered believers. (However), the New Testament describes the body of Christ as meeting in a manner in which every believer has the potential of contributing to the building up of the congregation in some significant way.” –Brian Anderson

“How about giving every born again believer an ordination certificate. All Christians have a special call on their lives. Let’s recognize that special call and ordain them. Those of you who believe in a clergy/laity distinction, please don’t get upset. I’m not proposing that we honor you less. I’m just saying that we should honor each other more.” –Bob Kuhn

“The Scriptures are given not to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives.” ~Dwight L. Moody

Visit The Salvation Army Berry Street on Sundays at 10:45 am. @ 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37207.

 

 

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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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