Maybe church gets the altar call & the call to worship backwards!

Christianity’s greatest ministry resources are ordinary people, not just ordained ministers. All Christ followers are called to let God transform us from within & make us like Jesus. Christ came not just to get you into Heaven, but also to get Heaven into you. Therefore I believe that Christians should be called to take action, not at the end of church in a altar call; but at the beginning in the call to worship.

For centuries people have been asked to respond to God in an altar call; so why don’t we ask people to respond to God in a call to worship? Here are some ways that we can do that. Paul’s call to worship: “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation…” My favorite call to worship: “Everybody listen to Jesus & then say & do what He tells you to. Mary’s words are a good call to worship: “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever He tells you.'” Here’s one more Bible call to worship: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another…” –Col. 3:16

Christianity is not just hope to merely cope with life; but “Christ in you the hope of glory”! People need personal & spiritual growth. Without inner growth we stagnate. If you don’t keep on growing, you’ll keep on towing your same ole baggage.

Let’s grow in love for one another. When you hide your heart; love departs. Minds debate. Hearts relate. To spend your life me-ing is to miss its meaning. Focus on God & others instead. Heart-felt, spontaneous prayer often moves into the gifts of the Spirit.

The Bible & spiritual experience are not either or. We need both. If you’re not experiencing Jesus when you’re reading the Bible, you’re not reading it with an open heart.

Reading the Bible with an open and hones heart stirs up passionate love for Jesus in me. (To be dishonest is to live in a world of self-made myths.) The Bible is amazing testimony to the reality, teaching, work, & divinity of Jesus. Read it & see! Christians promote books, products, music, movies, etc. I like to promote the Bible. Read it daily. It will show you Jesus!

When the Holy Spirit takes over ekklesia breaks out. (See Acts 2) Ekklesia is when Christians gather to watch the Holy Spirit work in and through one another. Let’s gather & let God unfold our hearts like flowers, in the Son’s radiant light!

To dive into doubt when God can’t be figured out is to miss out on what life’s about. Nudists like to live au naturale; Christ-followers prefer au supernaturale.
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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 @
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