The Great Facilitator . . .

Jesus is the great facilitator. Check Him out. Gather a group and let everybody listen to Jesus and then say and/or do whatever He tells them.

When Christians gather in the presence of the living Jesus, they realize that they are sincerely wanted and valued, and that sharing their individual insights is important for the best outcome of the meeting. When people meet to talk about their love for Jesus (as prompted by His Spirit), hearts overflow with His presence and power.

Since Bible teaching is now available 24/7/365, perhaps churches could shift Sunday mornings to open, Spirit-prompted sharing. When we gather in Jesus’ name, what right do we have to tell Him who He can speak through and who He can’t? If Jesus is our risen Lord (Absolute Master), why don’t we let Him take full control of church services?

Church sabotages its ministry by only letting one person minister and forcing the rest to quietly quench the Spirit’s quickening. The Bible never said: “When you come together have the same man preach and everybody else be silent.”  It never said to make one person in a congregation be the only person who is allowed to speak for God.

Perchurch Christianity was like a choir. Everybody had a vocal part as directed by the Spirit. Prechurch Christianity moved the world. Postekklesia church is too often moved by the world. Prechurch Christianity met as a body of many participating members interacting with the living Jesus and with one another. Let’s get back to it and make church ekklesia again! God is looking for spiritual entrepreneurs who will embrace and implement ekklesia. Will you make church ekklesia again?

Church tries to lead people by organizing us from the outside. Jesus prefers to lead people by living and communicating inside us. Jesus lives inside of all genuine Christians. Right? So not letting them speak in church, silences both them and the risen Christ in them.

The living Jesus wants to override church programs and to personally rearrange and direct church services according to His plans. Let Him.

Jesus’ ekklesia embraces people from “every kindred and every tribe” as equal participants in the body of Christ. I know that from first hand experience because I am an immigrant from self-rule to the kingdom of God and I was received as a full citizen.

Jesus aglow

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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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