What Rube Goldberg Machines Can Teach Us About Church

Rube Goldberg machines are complex contraptions that produce a sequence of what appears to be random actions that lead to a final result.  They are fun to watch.  You can find many videos of Rube Goldberg machines on YouTube.

Perhaps the church could learn some things from Rube Goldberg machines:

1) All the parts of a Rube Goldberg machine have to work together.  If one part fails to fulfill its role, the entire process stops.  The same is true in church.  One person who fails to do what God prompts him to do, can quench the Holy Spirit.

Lesson for the church:  When we gather in Jesus name, each individual present needs to be responsive to and obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  This is an actual New Testament command in 1 Corinthians 14:26.

2) A Rube Goldberg machine takes a familiar, routine action and makes it exciting.  For example, nothing could be more boring than turning on a light, but watching the process of a RB machine flipping a light switch is quite an astonishing thing.

Lesson for the church:  Church meetings are considered boring by many in the 21st Century.  (However, the Holy Spirit is exciting:  Reading the Book of Acts is like watching a Rube Goldberg machine.)  We need to break out of our dullness, lay down our pride, and follow God’s leading, no matter how silly it may look.  Paul said that he was a “fool for Christ.”

3) A Rube Goldberg machine demonstrates the work of a creator.  It doesn’t just give a lecture about its creator.

Lesson for the church:  It is not enough to preach to people about Christ.  They need to see and participate in actual demonstrations of His reality.  If we will allow the individual members of the church the freedom to function as Christ’s body, they will come together and produce results that will clearly demonstrate that Jesus is in the room directing the proceedings.

Experience a Spirit-led, Rube Goldberg type church gathering for yourself at The Salvation Army Berry Street — 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207 on Sundays @ 10:45 am & Thursdays @ 6:30 pm.

“Life itself is a kind of Rube Goldberg device, an extremely complicated machine designed to carry out the extremely simple task of constructing your soul.” ― Kevin Brockmeier


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 @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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1 Response to What Rube Goldberg Machines Can Teach Us About Church

  1. Pingback: God ideas or God demonstrations? | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

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