Let Jesus Lead Us! (Quotes About The Need For Organic/Participatory Church)

“How can you have a dead service with a living Christ?” –Leonard Ravenhill

“What did first-century believers do in their worship meetings? Paul gives a description in 1 Corinthians 14:26: ‘When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.’ Every believer had a part to play, each according to the way that God had gifted them.”
–Michael Morrison

The Spirit is the worship leader who enables us to be led by Christ in worship. The Spirit as the worship leader orchestrates gatherings of the community. Spirit-led worship will also have an appropriate openness to the new and unplanned. The Spirit blows where he wills and gives gifts to whomever he wishes.” –Robin Parry

“Oxford Group meetings were an intense spiritual training. There was complete informality and you could say what you liked. Absolute standards of honesty and unselfishness were applied.” –Garth Lean (The Oxford Group was a participatory church style movement in the mid 20th Century.)

“Worship becomes a one-size-fits-all environment. The result is that we provide a rather bland and inoffensive diet of middle of the road music and safe spirituality. Variety in what we have to offer is severely limited by the tastes and prejudices of those who attend. Extremes are tempered because one of the key values is that we do not offend anyone who comes to church regularly. One size fits all is made into a virtue. . . Everything about regular Sunday worship is designed to make us feel that even if we don’t like it, we should still attend because it is good for us. As with cough medicine, we endure the bad taste because we are told that it is doing us good.” –Pete Ward (from the book “Liquid Church”)

“Culture changes, but the church doesn’t change it’s methodology, so it becomes irrelevant.” –Mark Batterson

“When we come together corporately, our gatherings, or meetings, should be unpredictable, like the wind. ‘What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.’ 1.Cor.14:26. . . Every week God has things to say to His people. We no longer suffer canned services, canned preaching, or canned worship. It becomes exciting. Miracles begin to happen, signs and wonders are present, people are ministering and activated. They are no longer passive, just observing, but involved and activated.” –David Walters

“In the West, many people are leaving the church, yet they are not abandoning their faith in Christianity. They simply do not belong to the solid church. Recently, the number of Christians in Korea has been in decline. Yet it is not because people are uninterested in spiritual experience, but because contemporary churches fail to provide the appropriate spiritual motive to inspire them.” –Sun Chae Hwang

“People want a real and profound experience of God . . . church has made the mistake of underestimating the desire for authentic spiritual expression. In an attempt to connect with people and be relevant it has played down some of the more challenging and extreme aspects of the Christian life.” –Pete Ward (from the book “Liquid Church”)

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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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