I was in a church once and the pastor was trying to get some of the people sitting in the back rows to come and sit near the front. He told them: “Come down by the spout where the glory pours out.”
Now I don’t think that the glory of God is strong in the front of a church building than in the back. In fact, the glory of God may not be in a church building at all.
However, if you have ever experienced the glory of God, you know when you encounter it. There is a sense of awe, of being overwhelmed — undone. A great example of an encounter with God’s glory is in Isaiah chapter 6 where the prophet discover’s God’s glory in the temple.
So is there a spout where God’s glory pours out? Jesus said: “Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” There is an inner flow that carries the glory of God. How do we catch the current of the Holy Spirit’s inner rivers?
If we, “Quench not the Spirit,” we can encounter the spout where God’s glory pours out. If we learn to listen to God’s voice in our heart, cultivate it, and obey it, we will be overwhelmed by God’s Presence. If we choose to be responsive to God’s voice rather than to our own thoughts, desires, and opinions, we will see God work in our midst the same way He worked in the Bible.
A non-tradtional church in East Nashville is seeking the spout where God’s glory pours out! During the Sunday meeting people are free to do whatever God tells them to do. As they humbly hear and respond to God’s voice, the sense of His glory begins to be felt by those present. We stand in awe of His manifest glory.
Sundays at 10:45, 225 Berry Street, Nashville, TN, 37207 — The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center. The most important thing about a church is not where it meets, or denominational affiliation, but the degree to which God’s Spirit is allowed to work in the meeting.