When Christ-followers meet as active participants, they’re involved and empowered. The gathered body of Christ, like an orchestra, needs to let all who are present, play their part. Letting people experience Christ together is often more effective than a sermon.
How Christ-followers meet really matters. A meeting of spectators can create indifference. However, a Spirit-led encounter group helps us experience Jesus in and through one another. Love flows when we let the living Jesus choreograph a gathering of His body. Then the body of Christ learns to build one another up, not put each other down!
When we continually meet to hear one man speak it can train us to be unaware of God’s voice in our own heart. To be unaware of God’s inner voice is to be lost in a sea of confusion.
A problem with a scripted meeting is God’s Spirit may not want to follow our script. However, Spirit-led facilitation trusts the living Jesus to speak through the everyday people who are present in the meeting.
Spirit-led facilitation allows people to experience Christ together. It releases Jesus’ healing and reconciliation. A Jesus-meeting is supposed to be the real equalizer since all are equal at the Cross. There’s no need for a rigid hierarchy.
The Equalizer is more than a movie. Those two words also describe a gathering of Christ-followers meeting in the presence of the living, resurrected Jesus. Gathered humbly at the Cross, we all become equal before God and before one another.
The risen Jesus is either ignored or adored. Let’s meet to adore Him, not to ignore Him. Let’s train to be more and more sensitive to the living Jesus, meeting together to help one another learn to hear and obey His inner voice.
Experience Spirit-led facilitation at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee every Sunday morning at 10:45 at 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207. Read more about it in the book, Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia.