A one-man talk or dynamic interaction?

Billions of Christians advocate for sermons. So why shouldn’t a few of us advocate for open sharing instead?  What God is doing inside of you is important. You need to be allowed to share it!

If we don’t think the Holy Spirit is strong enough to keep open sharing from becoming chaos, we’re thinking too small. However, if we believe what the Bible teaches, then Christianity is the most exciting thing in the world! Let’s stop boring people with dull talks about Christianity and actually live out the excitement of early Christianity so that people can see what it is all about!

If pastors are uncomfortable allowing the Holy Spirit to lead a church service, they often take control of the meeting themselves. However, when the Holy Spirit is allowed to freely move in a group of people, you see various people manifesting spiritual gifts and fruit. Spirit-led, open sharing lets Christians walk in the light as one spiritual body. Spirit-led, open sharing greatly increases heart-felt caring. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26.)

Don’t resist the wind of the Spirit. Let it carry your heart into the glorious presence of the risen Jesus. When I’m passionately worshipping Jesus, time flies by, but if I’m passively sitting in a “service” it drags.

Only allowing God to speak through the preacher is like limiting an artist to one color of paint. To act like only one person in a church service is qualified to speak about God, denies the biblical idea of universal priesthood. So don’t be limited to a preacher to teach you about Christ. He’s alive and He can talk directly to you (yes, you).

The body of Christ works by “heart-archy,” not by hierarchy. Too many members of the body of Christ have atrophied from lack of use. (Are you one of them?)

Christianity isn’t about being an occasional observer or an idle onlooker. It’s about actively hearing and obeying Christ. Don’t just be a spectator; interact with and participate with the risen Jesus Christ! Miracles happen when Christian spectators are allowed to be active contributors and to openly use their spiritual gifts to glorify God.

Don’t just go to church. Be someone who goes to the risen Jesus, hears His voice, and says and/or does whatever He tells them to. A Sunday talk can never fully satisfy hungry hearts. Press in to the presence of the resurrected Jesus today!

When the living Jesus is flowing through ya, it’s hard not to say “Hallelujah!” Connecting with the risen Jesus living in other believers is life-changing.

Jesus produces an inner spring of peace and joy that sadly, many people never discover. That’s because, when we are full of our own desires and self-interest and concern about our comfort zone; the peace and presence of Jesus can’t freely flow in our heart.

One of the most important things a Christian can learn is how to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit daily. However, that is seldom taught in church. And if a pastor dares to teach it, he usually tries to teach it from a lecture, rather than by allowing people to have hands-on, interactive experience.  However, the reality is,: Hearing and obeying the Holy Spirit can’t be effectively  taught in a talk. It must be learned by doing it. Perhaps it is time to make church meetings like a school science lab where people learn by doing instead of by lecture.

-A friend who is a long-term pastor in a mainline denomination put it this way: “All pastors are control freaks, including me.”  Church trains people to shut their shut down their spiritual hearing; but God wants it to be an ever flowing spring of truth within them.

The Holy Spirit doesn’t flow through methods, programs, or curriculum. He flows though people who humbly open up and surrender to Him. There’s nothing like the living flow of the Holy Spirit surging through your heart

So who’s prophetic; who can teach or preach; who can evangelize? Whoever has the risen Jesus living on the inside! Just let Him flow!

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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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