One-man sermons & the John the Baptist leadership principle

One-word sentences/One-man sermons.

Limiting conversation to one-word sentences quenches communication. Example: Person A) Hello.  Person B) Hi.  A) Going?  B) Yes. A)  When?  B) Now.  A) Where?  B) There.   A) How?  B) Walking.  A) Good.  B) Thanks.  A) Bye.  B) Bye.

Perhaps limiting church to one-man sermons quenches the Spirit. Here’s an example: Maybe the Spirit has something for several people to say and/or do during the church meeting, but we don’t allow time for them.

When ordinary people speak from their hearts about God, an inner flow of the Spirit is released that radiates from their faces.

When you think of all the wisdom and spiritual experience of the people in a congregation on Sunday morning, it’s too bad that only one person normally gets to talk.

Perhaps we need to follow the John the Baptist leadership principle: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

When church leaders begin to decrease in power, authority, pride, titles, offices, and control, the presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ will increase in our midst.


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. 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 lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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