Preachers interesting & ordinary people boring?

Church acts like preachers are interesting & ordinary people are boring. (It could be the opposite.)

Protestants made church a classroom. Perhaps church would be more effective as a prayer closet!

The body of Christ is a team ministering together; not one person doing it all. In the body of Christ, all are wiser than one. Much wisdom is lost by the silence of all but one man.

When church opens up to unplanned content, Jesus brings beautiful surprises.

The more unconfined church can be, the greater the freedom of the Spirit. Christians are called to meet for spiritual combat; not just to watch a USO show.

Church needs to open up to “user generated content” (UGC) & let people speak out. I love seeing Christ working in & through ordinary people as they share from their heart!

Social media encourages people to make comments. Perhaps church services could too. Ordinary people have amazing, God-given insights. Maybe church could listen to them.

When Christ’s presence is substituted with a program, ekklesia becomes church. Before church there was ekklesia. (http://amzn.to/2stxptp) The New Testament takes us back to the time when Christians met informally as family. When Christians get together & freely pray for one another, they go beyond church to ekklesia.

Taking turns in church lets everyone have a chance to speak. Then Christians can meet like a bar-b-q grill of hot coals & all fire each other up!

A Christian testimony is a glory story. Do you have one? Experience Jesus in the Bible, in your heart, in an interactive body of believers, & in serving the poor.

However, we still need the Bible as God’s revelation to help us avoid the deception of human opinions. Have you every heard of Bible heart-burn: “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us . . . & opened the Scriptures to us?” –Luke 24:32

To help and/or encourage someone to do wrong is not love. It’s enabling.

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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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