Christ’s lights should have every bulb burning (not just one)

Too often church services are like a string of Christmas tree lights with only one bulb burning, which our 21st Century interactive, participatory culture often finds boring. (That may be why so many people are “Dones” — done with church.)

one light burning

However, when God’s people gather together, He wants the meeting to be brilliant–with every bulb burning!

every light burning

This in not just my idea. God came up with it and put it in the Bible: “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation . . .” It is in 1 Corinthians 14:26.

Each person sharing when God’s people meet for worship (every bulb burning) is such a simple yet powerful concept. Why is this clear command from Scripture commonly ignored by almost every church on earth? We say we believe the Bible and yet we ignore 1 Corinthians 14:26 and then do just the opposite by programming church meetings so that only one man is allowed to speak. Perhaps we should get back to the Bible and Christ’s ekklesia! “On this rock, I will build My ekklesia.” –Jesus in Matthew 16:18.

If you are ever in Nashville during the Christmas season, go to Opryland Hotel and see their Christmas Lights! All their lights are shinning brightly, not just one. Perhaps it is time for church to let all the lights shine and show and tell what God has done!


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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2 Responses to Christ’s lights should have every bulb burning (not just one)

  1. That’s beautiful! Every bulb burning… May it truly be like this, this Christmas… May Jesus Burn so brightly in our hearts and be seen in our eyes…

  2. lol, i remember i had Christmas lights that were older and if ONE burned out none of them would work! I am so glad that is not the case anymore and although i am seeing some around me who’s lights are just not on i am learning to not let it effect me and try to encourage them so they too will shine.

    Thank you for this post, i think it helps us ask, “do we know if our lights are on?

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