Release or Re-Leash?

Release of the Spirit — or — Re-leash of the Spirit?

Have you ever noticed that whenever there is a release of the Holy Spirit, the human tendency is to re-leash Him and get church back under human control and programming?

But why does the Holy Spirit need a leash?  Isn’t He God?  Can’t we trust the Holy Spirit to lead a church service, all by Himself, without human programming?

Sure we can!  All we have to do is to step out of the boat of tradition, form, power, and prestige; and let the Spirit take the lead.  When we release our control of a church meeting, it brings forth a release of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

So, is church about people being passive spectators or active participators? Here’s what the Bible says:

When you come together, EACH OF YOU has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. (1 Corinthians 14:26, NIV)

This is not just a theological idea.  It is very practical.  At The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, we experience this Scripture every Sunday morning at 10:45.  If you are near by, come and see for yourself — 225 Berry St., 37207.

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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2 Responses to Release or Re-Leash?

  1. Michelle says:

    Makes me want to come to Tennessee!!

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