Take time to align

Unless we align with God, we’ll be forever off course. Francis Grimke (an early American Civil Rights leader in 1919) put it like this: “The great spiritual need of man is to get rid of sin, to get out from under its guilt and power and into fellowship with God.” To refuse to surrender to God’s authority is to put yourself at odds with Him.

To give up self-justification and to humbly seek God’s mercy is to step into His Light. Forgiven & delivered sinners have more love than the self-righteous. Jesus put it this way: “Whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” –Luke 7:47 (If Christ has truly forgiven you, He has forgiven you of much; not of just a little.)

No one is innocent of rebellion against God. Only the guilty need God’s forgiveness. The innocent are fine without it. We all need His mercy not His justice. To believe yourself innocent before God is a great deception.

No one is innocent before God; but through Christ, God offers forgiveness. To plead “not guilty” is to miss out on God’s forgiveness, grace & mercy.

To expect your nation to punish wrongdoers, but God not to; is inconsistent. If nations can have a criminal justice system, why shouldn’t God have one? If a nation (or God) refuses to punish wrongdoers it leads to unloving anarchy.

The good news of Jesus is that wrongdoers like me can be transformed & set free! Here is true love: Jesus took your punishment for your wrongdoing so you can be set free. However, Christ’s mercy is optional. He doesn’t force anyone to accept it.

I feel their passion for God when I read the witness of the first Christians in the Bible. I believe the Bible because it works in my heart and in my life. The Bible explains me better than anything I’ve ever found.

The Bible is a live link that will connect you to God if you access it. Don’t believe what people say about Christianity without checking it out in the Bible. To put your opinion above the Bible leads to deception. In this world full of many religious views, the Bible can keep us from deception.Bible overacting to leagalism

Reading the Bible feeds my soul! Have you fed your’s today? To define God by your feelings is to exchange God for an idol of your own creation.

God doesn’t accept our self-destructive behaviors, but empowers us to overcome them. Jesus doesn’t say, “Have it your way.” He says, “Follow Me!” & “I am the Way!” Jesus calls us to change. That’s what He meant by “repent.”

Christians who root for one another give pride the boot & grow in love and humility. We are called to collaborate with the Spirit & with one another; not to go it alone. When we get in sync with the Spirit & one another, Christ’s power flows.

Ekklesia meets to surrender to Christ’s authority and accept His mercy. Ekklesia is a Christian accountability group demonstrating God’s love and His agape community. It’s a spiritual exercise group where people workout together with Coach Jesus It is a gathering of Christians who inspire, challenge & support one another. In ekklesia there’s no big person & little person; but all Christ-followers are equal in Him!

Ekklesia literally means “called out ones” – called out of the world’s value system. Don’t be so earthly minded that you have no heavenly influence on those around you.

Ancient Athens, Greece had a town hall meeting known as ekklesia. Jesus used that word to identify His followers when they gather to be led by His presence. He said: “I will build my ekklesia.” Nashville is known as the “Athens of the South.” Our goal at The Salvation Army Berry Street is to spread the love of God in our city by proclaiming and demonstrating the caring, support-group-style environment of “ekklesia” in Nashville. Come experience it for yourself on Sundays at 10:45 am., 225 Berry Street, 37207.

Church without a live download of the the risen Jesus is like “Attachment Unavailable.”

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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 @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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