Some things the Bible never said:

The Bible never said: “When you come together, everyone sits quietly and listens to the same man speak, week after week.” However, the Bible did say: “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.” –1 Corinthians 14:26
–Perhaps we should ask ourselves a question. Why are most worship meetings set up the way the Bible didn’t say, instead of the way the Bible did say?
–Is it because of effectiveness? Jeff Hurt in a recent issue of Meeting magazine wrote: “Lecture formats dominate traditional conference programming (and traditional church services). Unfortunately, brain-based research suggests that lectures are the worst way to deliver information and educate people. We need to find a better way.”
–Jeff also said: “We assume that scheduling a speaker, putting him or her on a stage and having them talk captures the audience’s attention. In doing so, we confuse passive listening with engagement and focus. Look closer at those audience members. They’re just sleeping with their eyes open.” That doesn’t sound very effective!
–Maybe the reason that we set church services up in the “lecture format” and limit people to “passive listening” is tradition. “That’s just the way it’s done!” But is there a better way?
–The Bible never said that there are two classes of Christ-followers: the professional class called clergy that lectures, and the amateur class called laity that passively listens. However, the Bible does say that all Christ-followers are priests. 1 Peter 2:5 says that “you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” That passage goes on to say, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession that you (plural, as in yall) may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
–The Bible never said to sit and listen. It said: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”
–The Bible never quotes Jesus as saying “I will build My church.” It quotes Him as saying, “I will build My ekklesia.” However, most English language Bible translations have switched-out the New Testament word, ekklesia, for the English word, church, and thus altered the meaning. Church is a building or organization that holds religious meetings. Ekklesia was the city council of ancient Greek city-states. To read more about this important difference, go to this link.
— The Bible never said that a man can be the head of a church. It said that Jesus is the “head of the body, the ekklesia.” (Colossians 1:18.)
–Perhaps it is time we get back to the ekklesia — back to the Bible.
–Emmanuel wants to take us beyond church to ekklesia! Check out the new book, Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bibleavailable in paperback and kindle on Amazon.
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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 @
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7 Responses to Some things the Bible never said:

  1. David says:

    Very well said. Thanks for posting.


  2. Dan Meredith says:

    Steve, I am very interested in the “organic” church movement… but it seems to be to one dimensional in its focus… there are many other things you never see in the bible… such as “the sinners prayer” but we will never leave that… because it is so entrenched…

    • Crystal says:

      I disagree. We WILL leave the sinners prayer behind. It isn’t biblical. It isn’t God’s way. When we get back to do it God’s way, His signs and wonders follow and there is no reason to have a “sinners prayer” The Spirit is changing and aligning people to this at a super accelerated rate. Many of us have known this and have been walking this, but must have been in isolation living with Jesus and being ostracized from the “church”. The TRUE church is arising, aligning with one another, and preparing to take the enemy’s camp by storm. We’re IN the age of the most radical revival this world has ever seen… I absolutely believe that. But to get there, we’ve got to drop EVERYTHING “church” and get to the basics with God!

      • Steve Simms says:

        Thanks for the comment, Crystal. I took Dan’s comment about “the sinners’ prayer” to mean people who aren’t Christ-followers praying to Jesus and surrendering their life to Him — not as a religious formula. There is a point in life when we surrender our life to Christ and allow Him to live, rule, and reign in us. The exact words we say are not important, but the act of surrender followed by growing in daily obedience to Christ is essential.

  3. I am a part of an institutional church as well as house meetings and street ministry. I believe that the Temple of Jerusalem became an idol to the early church and God allowed that to be done away with to make more disciples. Maybe in our day in the latter rain the institutional temples will be dissolved for organic ministry. But it might take awhile.
    check out for some of my personal revelations about the church

  4. This is so true-I’ve been thinking a lot lately how Protestant churches carry so many traditions of the Catholic church, even though they are supposedly reformed. Most contemporary church services bear little resemblance to what is written about in the New Testament.

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