SMS; smart man speaking? Or PGP; personal God prompting?

Since the Protestant Reformation, church has been built on a lecture format — one smart man speaking (SMS) to silently siting spectators. However, Jesus taught that His ekklesia (the word was mistranslated into English as church) would be built on something that “flesh and blood” can not reveal — personal God promptings (PGP). (See Matthew 16.)

The flesh, human nature and human abilities, cannot manufacture the voice of God. We cannot hear God from a position of pride and control. Hearing God’s promptings requires heart-felt humility and the actual surrender of our will, our desires, and our comfort.

We can passively enjoy (or endure) religious programs and presentations based on SMS in church; however, when God’s living presence takes over, “flesh and blood” lose control and ekklesia begins to happen. The Holy Spirit begins to reign and rule as He prompts individuals to share testimonies, Scriptures, prayer requests, gifts of the Spirit, short teachings, words of encouragement, prayers, etc. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26.)

In meetings based on PGP, the kingdom of God is no longer a religious concept to be taught by lecture. It becomes the reigning reality in the midst of the meeting. As PGPs take over, awe fills the gathering.

These concepts are explained more fully in my new book, Beyond Church, An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible — ἐκκλησία. (It will be available @ in a few days.) Check out the book Facebook page here.


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 SMS; smart man speaking? Or PGP; personal God prompting?

  1. Jon says:

    Thanks for the heads up about the book. I’ll look for it. What you are saying here is in perfect agreement with what I am seeing played out in my own life. Hard to believe the “church” can keep missing the mark for centuries! I don’t think Jesus sees the SMS concept much differently than He saw the Pharisees.

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