What usually happens when Christians meet?

Here are three ways of doing church: 1) Lecture: Let me tell you what I know. 2) Facilitation: Let me fish out what a few other people know. And 3) Ekklesia: Let’s go beyond what we know & let the risen Jesus, Himself, take full control.

What usually happens when Christians meet? Everybody sits while one person talks. Modern Christianity suffers from an addiction to passivity: come in, flop down, listen, and leave. Let’s break that addiction!

Modern Christians are trained to listen to sermons, but not to the Spirit. Therefore they can sin and not be much bothered by it.

If one member gets most of the attention when the body of Christ meets for worship, then the other members usually settle into passivity.

Is the preacher the only one with vocal cords? Why not let everybody speak as they are led by the Holy Spirit?

Just like there was no room in the inn for Jesus to be born; in church there’s often no room in the inn-stitution for the living Jesus. It’s time to make room for the risen Jesus!

How many sermons must a Christian hear before she’s seen as equal to the “clergy”? Answer: you can’t hear enough sermons to be considered equal to the “clergy”. So why aren’t people in church allowed to be free to follow the Spirit?

I’ve always found my relationship with the risen Jesus to be infinitely more exciting than a sermon! Pastors have too many parishioners to spend much time individually with you. But not Jesus! He’s ready to hang with you 24/7/365!

To “go to church” without going to the living, resurrected Jesus is to miss the whole point. It doesn’t matter how many sermons you have heard, what have you heard the risen Jesus is saying directly to you today?

Learn how to go beyond church as usual! Click this link.

beyond church building

I’ve tweaked a popular quote just a little bit. “Don’t go to church, be the ekklesia.” If the risen Jesus isn’t overflowing from your heart, an hour on Sunday morning won’t do you much good.

They say “Never give up.” But I think it is better to always give up and daily surrender your life to the risen Jesus.

A kind action is a little thing that can be a big encouragement in someone’s life. Delete unkind, angry, bullying, & belligerent thoughts.

The only thing we have to fear is our reluctance to be fully reconciled to God. It’s easy to be unaware of both the air you breathe & God.

Don’t let arrested spiritual development hold you down. Grow stronger in Jesus everyday.

Be careful not to just say “Thank you” as a platitude and miss out on the beautiful attitude of heart-felt gratitude.

Here’s a bonus thought:  The opiod epidemic is a “bait and switch.” Why? Because you can’t fill a heart-void with an opioid.

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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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One Response to What usually happens when Christians meet?

  1. rrprewett says:

    What usually happens when I meet with Christians at church:

    We don’t just sit and listen. Far from it. We sing together. We pray out loud. We recite Scripture together. We declare our most cherished beliefs to one another. We listen to one person (a different person each week) read from the Scripture and another person (typically the same one each week) expound on some of the Scripture that was read. We stand and kneel. We worship in unity. We go forward and receive the Eucharist.

    That’s why I now go to a liturgical church that carries on the beautiful, meaningful, rich traditions of the historic church. I was tired of what happens when many American Christians meet for church.

    Don’t forget that we are not all the same. Many of us believe that the priesthood of all Believers means we should be actively engaged participants in worship on Sundays, not merely observers sitting in chairs.

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