Can The Contempory Church Say “This Is That”?

Can the contemporary church say, like Peter did in the Book of Acts, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel,” as we point, like Peter did, to something supernatural that God is doing in our midst?

It is not enough to hear talks about the Bible in church meetings.  We need to for God to demonstrate its reality in our midst.

Whatever God did in the New Testament with and through the early church, He can do today with and through those who dare to believe Him enough to get out of religious routine and let God loose from our low expectations and programmed rituals.

The church has lost its influence in contemporary society.  Why?  Non-believers don’t care about what we say.  However, they will be touched by what we allow God, Himself, to do.

If we can say “This is that,” and then point to supernatural happenings in our meetings, people will be moved deeply (what the Book of Acts calls “cut to the heart”) and changed.

When Peter said “This is that,” and pointed to 120 believers rejoicing on the streets of Jerusalem and speaking in languages they never learned, 3,000 people began to radically follow and obey Jesus.

It is time for modern-day church to open up to the living God and allow Him to run our meetings and manifest His power and glory in our midst.  If you want to see this in action, come and visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., in Nashville on Sundays at 10:45 am. and/or Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

This is that spoken by Paul of Tarsus in the book of 1 Corinthians, chapter 14, verse 26.  Read it for yourself and them come and experience it for yourself with us a Berry Street.


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. 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 co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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7 Responses to Can The Contempory Church Say “This Is That”?

  1. terry1954 says:

    thank u for sharing your message

  2. sherwood8028 says:

    Excellent, well spoken and should be challenging to all who attend your services. I pray that they will have “ears to hear” and the courage the courage to respond.

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