Questioning Christ-followers — are we family?

When Christians meet & practice encouraging each other, their confidence grows and soon they’re encouraging folks everywhere they go. I love it when a group of people lets the Holy Spirit flow like music & carry them in His current. Let the Holy Spirit be your inner fire — soul stirring music that never fades!

Christians are called to meet as family–a group of people who share spiritual kinship & who genuinely care about one another. The family of God is about heart-felt relationships, caring interaction, & mutual support. When the body of Christ functions as a caring community that meets to compassionately listen to one another, lives are changed.

Family time in the body of Christ: hanging our with one another in the Holy Spirit as brothers & sisters in Christ. In the genuine body of Christ friends (and even strangers) become family.

Hanging out with Christ-follows who are hearing & obeying the Holy Spirit is my favorite place to be. The family of God is like beautiful music. There are high notes & low notes, but it’s always a heart-warming melody. Kinship with other Christians isn’t a doctrine to be taught, but a blessing to share. It’s when people love you, even when you don’t feel so lovable. Hearts connect.

Perhaps we should stop giving people a piece of our mind and begin to give them a piece of our heart. Let’s be a safe place for people’s hearts to unfold.

Christ-followers are called to engage in spiritual combat together — to fight for one another, not against each other. Then they become a band of sisters and brothers!

When we ignore the Holy Spirit & the Bible the family of God tends to become dysfunctional. We need to gather and together experience the Higher Power behind the universe to be the Creator who came in the flesh as Jesus Christ to restore us to Him, actively working in our midst.

Jesus calls gatherings of His followers “lampstands.” Let’s let His light shine. (See Revelation 1:20.) He challenges us to gather and listen to the Spirit together. (“Hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” Rev. 2:11 WEB) Let’s obey Him and do what He’s saying in that Bible verse.

A Christ-follower is someone who consistently does what Jesus said to do. A Christ-follower is always being trained to think, to act, & to be more like Jesus.

I believe the Bible & read it daily because the words burn in my heart & it works deep inside me, continually transforming my life. When I began to daily read the Bible it broke down the barricades around my heart.

God has inspiring music for the souls who will listen to Him. The things that can’t be expressed in words have to be heard directly from the living God.

To analyze the Bible is like trying to work a Rubik’s Cube. To open your heart to it is like eating your favorite ice cream. To approach the Bible as an analytical conquest, is to miss its wonder, bewilderment, & awe!

To analyze Scripture is one thing; to absorb it is another! The Bible’s God’s playlist. Don’t just read it. Keep its music playing in your soul. Reading the Bible like a love letter will unbind your heart.

Some people think they need to “fix” the Bible. I prefer to let the Bible fix me! If you will consistently read the Bible with an open heart, Jesus will set you free from the tyranny of your thoughts.

God wants people to follow Jesus with so much joy, love, & enthusiasm that no one can ignore their commitment to Him! You can’t dance with God if you won’t tune in to His music in your soul.

Without a solid foundation built on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, it’s easy to crumble into hopelessness. Don’t do that. Don’t rust out. Wear out burning for Jesus!

Learn more about how we can be family. Click this link to go “Beyond Church.”


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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