Christ called audibles are transformational

An audible is when a quarterback in football calls out a change in the programmed play right before the ball is snapped. Perhaps churches should let the living, resurrected Jesus be our quarterback and call out audibles during worship meetings.

Letting Christ call audibles would transform church meetings. They would no longer be a predictable routine, following the exact same format week after week.

If a football team will allow its quarterback to change plays at the line of scrimmage, why won’t churches allow the living, resurrected Jesus to make last-second changes in the Sunday morning program? (I can’t think of any good reason not to allow Jesus to make audibles, can you?)

So how does the living Christ make audibles? He prompts someone present in the meeting to say or to do something that isn’t on the program. I believe this happens often, however, the traditional Sunday morning format that is controlled by one man in the front of the room, has trained Christ-followers to sit passively and to ignore the audibles (promptings) of the living, resurrected Jesus. The Bible calls this “quenching the Spirit” and commands us not to do it. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:19.)

Christ called audibles can chance church-as-usual into the dynamic New Testament concept of ekklesia. Perhaps we should begin to encourage Christ-followers to listen to and obey Christ’s audibles in church meetings. “”Do whatever He tells you.” –John 2:5

“Only silence within yourself makes your inner tunes audible.” ―Kristian Goldmund Aumann,

“A Christian’s heart for God should be like a teakettle on a flaming stove burner—hot to touch, visibly steaming, and audible.” ―Elizabeth George


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 called audibles are transformational

  1. Bill Samuel says:

    Interesting analogy, and it relates to how my church (Dayspring Church in Germantown, MD) functions. It does not follow the pastoral model, but rather a shared leadership model. There is a sign-up sheet on which anyone can sign up to be liturgist, preacher or giver of the youth message, and those who have signed up have freedom to proceed as led. There is a printed program, but sometimes the liturgist changes it up because she feels so led, and sometimes a change is called out by someone in the congregation. If no one signs up to preach, we have an open sharing time which is usually very rich. And sometimes the person who signs up for the preacher slot will just share very briefly and then open it up for others to share. Any concerns on the hearts of anyone may be brought up in the community prayers time or the announcements time.

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