Set a fire down in the church that we can’t contain, that we can’t control . . .”

Should a church meeting look like this?

firewood stored

Or like this?

firewood burning

The more wood you put on a fire, the brighter it burns.
–The more people who are allowed to share burning words from their heart in a church meeting, the brighter the presence and power of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ!

Are we called to line up and watch a sermon about fire? Or are we called to obey the leading of the Spirit and to burn brightly for God? Jesus said: “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” –Luke 12:49. “Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord?” –Jeremiah 23:29.

— 1 to 10 Obeying The Holy Spirit Quiz —
1 means you never obey the prompting of the Spirit.
10 means you obey the Spirit every time you are prompted.
(What score do you give yourself?)
–“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” –Romans 8:14.

Until we, the ordinary people, allow God to set us on fire like the song says: “Set a fire down in my soul that I can’t contain, that I can’t control,” and break out of human control, church will just be one stick of wood talking coolly about combustion to other neatly stacked sticks of wood.

The New Testament church was full of uncontrolled fire. “In the New Testament churches, everyone used their gifts. In institutional church, only a few, highly gifted people (worship leaders, preachers, etc.) use their gifts. In NT church, Jesus brought the agenda for the meetings. In institutional churches, a few, very smart people design the worship experiences.” –John White

“We need another Pentecost.” –William Booth

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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1 Response to Set a fire down in the church that we can’t contain, that we can’t control . . .”

  1. As i posted when i saw this on FB, “It only takes a spark!” Thank you Steve for pouring fuel on the Fire of The Holy Spirit rather than throwing a wet blanket on Him! Praying for your ministry brother, please pray for me and mine too.

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