True worship: open hearts & radical honesty


–Wanted: “True Worshipers”–
God is looking for open hearts and radical honesty. Now is the time to go beyond outward form and religious pretense — no pretending, no hiding! It’s time for heart-felt reality.
“The hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him.” –Jesus in John 4:23.

Ministry should never stand between a person and God. It should always cause people to look toward and depend on the presence of the living Jesus. If ministry causes people to look to and glorify a mere human, it has done something wrong. John the Baptist put it this way: “I must decrease and He must increase.”

The gate of a sheep pen (a part of the body of Christ) is Jesus — not a minister, a training, a certificate, a ceremony, a program, a denomination, or a creed! It is the living, resurrected Jesus, Himself.
“Anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.” Jesus in John 10:1. “I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved.” Jesus in John 10:9.

A Poem To Know Him & Tolstoy Quote

People try to avoid
Their inner void.
But distraction and denial
Only help for awhile.
The hollow echos
Of interior emptiness
Can’t be dismissed so easily.
Who or what can satisfy
The deep, distressing cry?
Leo Tolstoy wrote:
“I came to believe in Christ’s teachings,
And my life suddenly changed.
I ceased to desire what
I had previously desired
And began to desire what
I formerly did not want . . .
And instead of despair,
I experienced happiness
And the joy of life
Undisturbed by death.”

Experience sincere, heart-felt worship where everyday people show and tell what God has done at The Salvation Army Berry Street. We meet on Sunday’s @ 10:45 am., at 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207. Read about how we meet at this link.



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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