Open Church / Open Hearts

Traditionally church has been . . .
–One special man weekly instructing a passive group of ordinary people.
Biblically church seems to be . . .
–A Spirit-led group of ordinary people actively teaching and ministering to one another in love. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26)

Biblical church creates hearts that are sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  Hearts tender and humble before the Lord are like the box of perfume that was poured on Jesus’ feet — they fill the room with a supernatural sweetness that ushers in His presence. I am so blessed to be in the presence of such hearts on Sunday mornings at The Salvation Army Berry Street.

A heart burning for God is a gift that is caught in His presence, not something just taught from a pulpit. I caught it when as a college freshman I walked into a Spirit-led, participatory meeting at The University of Tennessee Martin and I’ve never been the same. You can expose yourself to the contagion of His flame at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, TN — Sundays at 10:45 am., 225 Berry Street, 37211.


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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