Thoughts & Quotes — Church Outside The Box

An open mic in church opens hearts, and allows the Holy Spirit to speak through anyone present.

If the outcome hasn’t been planned ahead of time, church has all the anticipation and excitement of a championship sporting event!

When we create an atmosphere where people are free to hear the Holy Spirit and to do what He tells them to, the Holy Spirit flows like an electric current, from person to person, releasing beautiful and amazing manifestations of His presence in our midst.

God speaks directly to individual people.
If you will listen closely to Him, He will teach you
With much more powerful and anointed words,
Than you can ever hear from a mere human.

“I’ve always been afraid of over structuring things because I’ve seen the spirit of organizations killed by rigidity.” –Myles Horton
It’ is so easy to over structure a church meeting and to unintentionally quench the Holy Spirit.

“One of the best ways of educating people is to give them an experience that embodies what you are trying to teach.” –Myles Horton
One of the best ways of helping people grow spiritually is to give them the experience of the Holy Spirit spontaneously flowing through them and using them in a participatory church meeting.

2 ways to look at church meetings:
I) Church can be a meeting lead and directed by a person, for God, or
II) Church can be a meeting with God, led and directed by the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

“When church members do nothing but sit, listen, and take notes week after week for years on end, they tend to stagnate spiritually. Spiritual growth requires us to flex our spiritual muscles and apply the truths we are learning. What good is it for our people to learn that God wants them to use their spiritual gifts, exhort one another, bear each others’ burdens, and rejoice with those who rejoice if we make no provision for them to do that when the church meets?” –Brian Anderson

What if someone had access to every thought that you think? Well, Somebody does — the living God!

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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