Zip Line To God

Participatory church is a zip line to God.  (So don’t sit in the tree; step out and soar in the Spirit.)


“Our faith should not be in the sermon, it should be in the Holy Spirit Himself.” ~Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Being committed to Christ is no tame, humdrum, sheltered monotony, but the most exciting adventure the human spirit can ever know.” –James Stewart

“Some of you think that it’s extraordinary people who God uses, but actually it’s little lovers who are obedient. God is not looking for extraordinary magnificent people, he’s looking for little lives laid at His feet who say, ‘yes.’”   –Heidi Baker

A. M. Renwick, professor of church history at the Free Church College in Edinburgh, writing in The Story of the Church, said, “The very essence of church organization and Christian life and worship . . . was simplicity . . . Their worship was free and spontaneous under the leadership of the Spirit, and had not yet become inflexible through the use of manuals of devotion.”

John Drane, in Introducing the New Testament, wrote, “In the earliest days . . . their worship was spontaneous. This seems to have been regarded as the ideal, for when Paul describes how a church meeting should proceed he depicts a Spirit-led participation by many if not all . . . There was the fact that anyone had the freedom to participate in such worship. In the ideal situation, when everyone was inspired by the Holy Spirit, this was the perfect expression of Christian freedom.”

The New Testament makes no distinction between two groups, clergy and laity. The two groups simply do not exist. God calls every believer to minister..and full-time at that. God calls everyone that has been saved. God equips everyone that he saves for full-time ministry. That is accomplished through the ministry and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.” –Thomas W. Hudgins

God calls every believer to be a minister. One could even go so far as to say God not only calls all believers to ministry, but he calls them to a life of full-time ministry. Not only is everyone called, but everyone is also empowered and equipped for ministry by the Holy Spirit.” — Chistopher W. Goff (Asbury Theological Seminary)

“The lambs have been silenced by the example of their teachers. ‘Be silent in church and let the professionals do the talking. You are nothing but a support system to keep their mouths working.'” –Michael Clark (from the book, The Silencing of the Lambs)

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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 @
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6 Responses to Zip Line To God

  1. Thanks so much for your post. I found your site through your article in “The War Cry”. Enjoying some of your other posts, as well.

  2. Love this! I’ll be sharing this with friends later today. Thanks brother!

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