The status quo is often a no-go to following Jesus

If we refuse to glorify anyone but Christ, the glory of God will fill a meeting. When no mere human is the “King” of a meeting, ekklesia can break through.

A powerful way to minister to people is to let them minister to you. If we followed preachers’ example, we’d all be giving long talks.

Seeing Jesus working in synergy through ordinary people as they are prompted by the Spirit, produces hearts full of awe. Authentic community is not hard to find. We just meet with some believers & let the risen Jesus lead us!

Let’s look behind, back to the book of Acts, & go beyond church as usual. Let’s go beyond formality to an ekklesia mentality & experience our commonality in Christ. Ekklesia is home, even if we don’t realize it. Perhaps we are all homesick for it. Ekklesia dares to let go of the status quo & follow where the Spirit goes.

Listen to me speak & you’ll soon forget. Listen to Jesus & you’ll be transformed. God designed people to need one another. Ekklesia gathers to meet that need. Ekklesia is a morsel & foretaste of Heaven! It allows Christians to be child-like, innocent, joyful, & honest with one another.

Christ’s body can be seen when Christ-followers interact in Spirit-led community. When some members of the body of Christ aren’t allowed to function; the body becomes lame. When the body of Christ meets together, all members need to function, not just one.

Ekklesia lets ordinary people meet & share “best practices” for obeying Jesus. Living to obey Jesus isn’t legalistic; it’s live-giving, invigorating, & joyous! Let’s allow Jesus to be Himself instead of trying to squeeze Him into our programs.

No one’s income level, professional standing, level of education, or social status matters in ekklesia. Ekklesia’s simple: Come together; listen to Jesus; all share what you hear. Ekklesia is when a group of people meet under the direct influence of Jesus without an intermediary.

Ekklesia is “the communion of the saints” sharing their hearts with one another. Ekklesia lets people experience the availability of God. It shifts your focus from a program to the presence of Christ. Without ekklesia we long for genuine, heart-felt community.

Ekklesia is about sharing common life–the life of Christ working in us all. Ekklesia makes God known! “The real crisis of worship today is…that people have no sense of the presence of God.” –R.C. Sproul

Church often requires people to leave their spiritual gifts at the door before they enter the meeting. Church tends to be about the “art” of worship. Ekklesia is about the “heart” of worship. “Modern worship has become passive—listening to a message and singing some songs.” ―Craig Olson

Church tends to take the things that God is doing in and through ordinary people and hide them behind the preacher. Just listening to a preacher often makes my heart lukewarm. However, talking about Jesus sets my heart on fire!

Passively listening to one person can be a unity mask. True unity comes when we share our hearts with one another.

“The force be with you?” is so impersonal. I prefer “The risen Jesus be with you!”

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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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