The Salvation Army’s Southern Spirit reviewed Beyond Church. Here’s their review:
New book explores true meaning of what ‘church’ is
In his new book, Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible, Sergeant Steve Simms writes about the original term, ekklesia, used for the word church and how Christians can experience the power of Christ’s presence when they gather together. “In his letter to believers in the former city-state of Corinth, Greece (then under Roman rule), Paul describes the early Christian ekklesia like this: ‘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).” He goes on to describe a meeting of Christians who listen together to what Jesus is saying, let go of self effort and give Him freedom to work.
“An ekklesia is an outpost of Heaven. It creates an atmosphere where people can come together in humility, listen to God, and obey His will,” he wrote. Through his own experiences and that of the corps he leads, Sergeant Simms paints the picture of what church can look like when God’s people pray, listen and respond. Using Scripture and theological study, Sergeant Simms not only helps readers re-define the word church; he also provides a ‘how to” manual for the practice of it in group settings and everyday life.” To obtain a copy (go to Amazon or click here).