Church — Educational or Mystical?

Historically church has been seen as educational –communicating concepts about God (especially since the Protestant Reformation).

–Biblically church is seen as a mystical portal — presenting the actual presence of the living Christ. (“Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” –Jesus)
–Christ is literally manifested when we gather in His name and allow Him to take direct control in His biblical role as the actual Head of the church (the assembly, the gathering of believers).

Jesus in our midst!

Education can change thinking and enlighten minds.
Protest movements can change unjust laws and systems.
Encountering the living Christ can change unjust hearts and lives.

“Religion is nothing but institutionalized mysticism. The moment we attempt to organize mysticism, we destroy its essence. Religion, then, is mysticism in which the mystical has been killed. Or, at least diminished.” ―Tom Robbins

Answer the call — experience the living, resurrected Jesus Christ in loving community — at The Salvation Army Berry Street!
–“God is continually calling us out of our boxes . . . To meet another person outside of our boxes is to experience genuine community.” —James C. Fenhagen
(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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