Church — An Alternative Lifestyle To Popular Culture . . . Not A Religious Talk

A church meeting is supposed to be the prototype of an alternative lifestyle to popular culture, an actual demonstration of the values of the Kingdom of God, equipping people to live life like lights in the darkness–a spiritual support-group for overcoming our sins.  It’s not supposed to be a mere religious lecture.

Instead . . . “Church is organized to protect a leader instead of to point to Christ . . . church is built around the pulpit ministry. Monologue is the primary means of communication–people passively listening to the pastor expound.” –Jim Van Yperen

Maybe church should be more than one man’s weekly professional presentation. Perhaps every church meeting should an open and participatory demonstration of God’s power and presence.  See 1 Corinthians 14:26.

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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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7 Responses to Church — An Alternative Lifestyle To Popular Culture . . . Not A Religious Talk

  1. Stan says:

    Steve, I have followed your posts for several months with great appreciation and respect, until today when you said that church is “a spiritual support-group for overcoming our sins”. That is very unfortunate that your understanding of ‘church’ is still so controlled by organized church dogma. In case you haven’t heard, Christ took away our sin!!! Christianity is not a self-improvement program, it is to be a place to learn how to live within a heaven minded reality.
    Bless you Steve. Keep up the good work.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks, Stan.
      Unfortunately, the doctrine of sin being taken away hasn’t set a great many Christians free from the practice of sin. Sometimes we need to help one another get our lifestyles up to the level of our doctrine.

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