Hey You! Grow Gutsy In God’s Gospel! (got guts?)

If you don’t grow gutsy in God’s Gospel, you will succumb to society’s seducing spell!

The Bible says: “Christ in you–the hope of glory!” Not “Christ in the preacher/pastor–the hope of glory.”

“Don’t underestimate the power of God in you, nor yet what you, by working steadily with Him, may accomplish.” –Samuel Logan Brengle

You may be depleted,
But you are not deleted!
You are still here;
So rise up and conquer your fear!

Don’t follow the tracks of your fears. Take a good look at Christ’s face and step forward in faith and courage!

tracts of your fears

A Christ-less culture is in continual crisis! If you know the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, don’t sit in silence and watch our culture collapse! Get gutsy — show and share Christ everywhere!

got guts?

He rose to make His people heroes who courageously love God, love one another, and even love those who despise them.

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2 Models Of Church (The Organizational Model Or The Organic Model)

Historically there have been two primary models of church — the organizational model and the organic model. The organizational model has been the dominate of the two and has resisted (and often persecuted) the organic model.

The organizational model sees church as an institution or corporation. It is a legal entity with an official and hierarchical leadership structure. It’s leaders run the organization. And the leader of each congregation conducts religious meetings and services for its members. Their primary job in the organization is to receive the leaders ministry and to provide the finances for it to continue.

The organic model sees church as a family or as a group of friends who live life together and regularly meet together to love, support, and encourage one another with the love of Christ.

“Remember, the Jerusalem model of the church (temple model) eventually failed and the participatory model that Paul formed succeeded, until the organizers/legalists got control again. While Paul’s model ruled the church grew like an epidemic; when the organizers took over it grew at a much, much slower rate.” –Dale Sigler

Perhaps both models can work together as a powerful blend. What if an institutional church opened up and began to live out their doctrine of the priesthood of the believer? What if the leader of a congregation (pastor, priest, parson, preacher, etc.) began to allow anybody present to share testimonies, Scriptures, prayer request, words of insight, prayers, encouragement, songs, etc.? This would change the reason people go to church!

organic verses organized church

As Leonard Ravenhill asked: “Do you go to church to meet God or to hear a sermon about Him?”

Is there such a blend of the two models anywhere? Yes. Visit The Salvation Army Berry Street where instead of a 1-man sermon, everyday people show and tell what God has done: Sundays at 10:45 am., 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee 37207.

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Conformed to the culture or transformed by Christ?

In our falsifying world there are many popular ideas that are deceptive, destructive, or depressive. Be careful what you take in!

“Someone once said that if you don’t control your perception, you’ll live the rest of your life at the mercy of others who will.” –Phil Cooke

I perceive that we should not allow ourselves to be shaped by the world’s way of seeing things. Instead we should seek to be transformed by God’s renewing of our minds.

Christ-followers should be humble, not hidden or silent! Don’t let the voice of the crowd shut down the Light that is burning within your heart. Jesus said that we should: “Shout it from the housetops.”

So, where can you learn to minister to other people without being afraid of rejection or failure? @ The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, TN, 225 Berry St., 37207 on Sunday mornings @ 10:45! Rather than sitting for a sermon, we allow ordinary people to minister to one another in a safe & loving environment as they feel led by the Spirit. Come see!

Participatory church allows everyday people to proclaim and share so stones can stay silent . . .
–”Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name.” –Psalm 105:1
–”Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.’ But Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!’” –Luke 19:40
–”Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story.” –Psalm 107:2

What is the purpose of church? What if God didn’t design church meetings as a venue to entertain us and/or to make us comfortable; but as a support group to help us get over our issues, to align our will with His, and to train us to minister to one another?

Jesus with us
When we meet as Christ-followers, Jesus is in the room with us. (See Matthew 18:20.) Perhaps we should let Him be our leader!

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Seeing The Invisible In Organic Church

God’s not dead — He’s the world’s best at running church services. When human leadership steps aside and allows God to lead, church services enter into a dynamic new dimension as ordinary people, prompted by the Spirit, show and tell what God has done. Try it and see for yourself!

Participatory church shows you the invisible! How?
–You see the invisible move the visible.
–In nature, you see the invisible wind stir the leaves.
–In participatory church, you see the invisible God stir people and prompt them to share amazing things from the heart.

wind blowing leaves

Here’s an amazing fact: Participatory/organic church created the most amazing growth of Christianity in history:
–After the Communists took over China in 1948 they arrested almost all of the country’s pastors and held them in prison for 20 years or more, thinking that this would kill Christianity in China. However, just the opposite happened. Ordinary believers began to minister to one another and to evangelize nonbelievers.
–After many decades of intense missionary work, there were fewer than 3 million Christians in all of China in 1948. Today it is estimated that there are 100 million Christians in China. (Check out the YouTube video series “Jesus in China.”)

Participatory church will help you do this . . ;.
“Say yes to the situations that stretch you and scare you and ask you to be a better you than you think you can be.” –Annie Downs

Participatory church has a mystical profundity that powerfully presents the presence of Christ through everyday people!

“I suspect a major reason why the kind of participatory worship Paul recommended to the church in Corinth (see 1 Corinthians 14:26) is so rare is fear. What might happen if the Spirit was allowed to work in the congregation free from control by one or more leaders and from cultural constraints? It seems so much safer to keep things under human control.” –Bill Samuel

Perhaps it is time for interactive church services!
“Our broadcast world is quickly giving way to an interactive world. One-way broadcasting is being replaced with multi-way conversations. People no longer passively consume media, they interact with it. They talk back, through Twitter, Facebook, text messages and more.” –Kevin D. Hendricks

If you are in the Nashville, Tennessee area, experience participatory church at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., 37207 on Sunday mornings at 10:45.

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How To Give To The Salvation Army Online Red Kettles

You can support The Salvation Army by giving at the Online Red Kettle @ this link: http://www.onlineredkettle.org/SteveSimms?ch=4&frmfaf=1&aid=1b09939f-9de4-4194-90e8-8f086f91bcd1&pt=1

This kettle was set up by Berry Street & Friends, a Salvation Army Corps in Nashville, Tennessee. The proceeds go to support the ministry and outreach of The Salvation Army Berry Street in East Nashville. Thank you for your support.

You can also start your own Online Red Kettle at the link.


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Paper Angels Movie (Jimmy Wayne & Angel Tree)

paper angels2

I attended the world premier in Nashville of the new movie, Paper Angels, written by Country singer Jimmy Wayne. What a well done and inspiring movie! The story is built around the Christmas Season and The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Everybody should see it!

Jimmy Wayne has had 7 Top 40 Country Music singles. Jimmy grew up in and out of foster homes and was a beneficiary of Angel Tree. He wrote a novel, Paper Angels, about the program and how it helps tens of thousands of children around the world every Christmas. The movie is based on the book.

Jimmy has also just released a book about his life called Walk To Beautiful.

The TV premier of Paper Angels will be Sunday, November 16, at 7:00 pm. on UP–Uplifting Entertainment. Don’t miss it!

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Puzzle Pieces, Potluck, & Permitting Every Person (Not Just The Parson) 2 Participate

“Daddy, look at my puzzle,” said a little boy carrying a single puzzle piece.

“That’s not a puzzle, son,” the father replied. “That’s just one piece.”

puzzle piece boy

When we focus a church meeting on the performance of one, single piece, week after week; perhaps the Father says to us: “That’s not My church; that’s just one piece.”

Perhaps church isn’t just one parson preaching, but every person participating. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26)

Perhaps prayer isn’t saying to God that you want your way. Perhaps prayer is to lay down your way for God’s way.

Where ya stay?
Faith’s not what you say; it’s where you stay.
So stay with Jesus night and day!
Obey Him all the way!

When church permits every person (not just the parson) to participate; amazing things happen. For example on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, a racially, age, and socioeconomically diverse group of people actively showed genuine love for one another. After beautiful praise and worship morning, the Spirit led us to spend most of our meeting time together laying hands on and praying for one another. There were hugs, encouragement, tears, gifts of the Spirit, and an awesome sense of community.

Afterwards we shared a great pot-luck meal together. There were about 38 adults and 43 kids. People stayed around, enjoying the love of one another until 3:00 pm. I am so blessed to be a part of this!

If you are in Nashville, come and visit us sometime. Sundays @ 10:45 am., 225 Berry St., 37207.

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