What Does Church Train People To Be?

Two ways a church service can train people:

1) Church could train people to be passionate, prophetic, Spirit-prompted participators.

2) Instead church tends to train people to be silent, sedentary, subservient spectators.

What is the church you attend training you to be?  #1 or #2?

The early Methodists trained people to be #1:

“In the early Methodist class meetings, members shared their experiences. They prayed together. They affirmed and if need be, corrected each other. They learned to watch over one another in love.” –David Lowes Watson

Spirit-led, participatory church trains people to be #1:

“No matter how peculiar or outrageous” participatory church seems, it sets captives free!

“There are those in the ranks of the (Salvation) Army as conservative as the most ‘churchy’ people in the world; there are those who are always ‘desirous of new things;’ there are those who would like every meeting to be a Holiness meeting, and those who like better a ‘free-and-easy;’ there are those who like singing, and those who would rather hear sermons; but whatever they like or dislike, they are united on this point, that no matter how peculiar or how outrageous a measure seems, if it leads up to soul-saving, it shall be done.” – Maud Booth, Beneath Two Flags, 1889

Here’s how the early Salvation Army trained people:

“The Salvation Army comes before the world today with no new doctrines, but the same Christ and Him crucified that Paul preached; with the same protest against formalism and insincerity that moved Luther; with the same plan of carrying the Gospel to those who will not come to it that Wesley followed; with the same holiness that made Finney a guiding star to thousands of souls. The old problem, so-called, of how to reach the masses has been solved by them, not by argument or discussion, but by going and doing it.” – Maud Booth, Beneath Two Flags, 1889

At The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, our goal is to train people to be passionate, prophetic, Spirit-prompted participators.  Rather than a 1-man sermon, our meetings are based on ordinary people, as prompted by the Spirit, showing and telling what God has done.

Come see for yourself on Sunday mornings @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.

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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 What Does Church Train People To Be?

  1. sherwood8028 says:

    Forgive me, I just used one of your thoughts to support my beliefs about the subject matter of a video – depicting animal rescues. I am no longer a “fan” of the church as moving to Cookeville, I came upon over a hundred churches, most – not all, of whom are more intent on promoting their version of the Bible than promoting the cause of Christ. I admire your efforts along these lines as I stop to read – and often pray about, your “Free gas” reminders. I have finally found one church that does takes the scriptures seriously, but their goal is to save souls and not promote political agendas, not that the others do, primarily. It sounds like as their people move about in the community. Keep doing what you are doing. God needs more like you. Sherwood Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:20:32 +0000 To: sherwood8028@hotmail.com

  2. Chris says:

    I am confused or missing something or perhaps there is a typo with your statement “Spirit-led, participatory church trains people to be #2:” You list #2 as “2) Instead church tends to train people to be silent, sedentary, subservient spectators.”???

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