Jesus can still speak. Will 21st century Christians listen?

Hearing Jesus speak to you isn’t about how-to. It’s about want-to. Do you want to hear Him?

Many people would prefer to hear a preacher speak than to hear God speak. Why? What you hear from a preacher can easily be ignored. But there is great accountability to hearing God speak to you.

Church can mislead people into believing that they can’t hear directly from God, but only though a preacher. Church tends to ignore the actual presence of the risen Jesus, but prechurch ekklesia won’t work without His active presence. A Christian who ignores the risen Jesus is like a pilot ignoring the control tower.

Church trains Christians to sit and hide Christ’s light inside them. However, Jesus said: “Let your light shine before men.”

Hearing a talk about Jesus without experiencing Him is like hearing a talk about ice cream without eating any. The modern church has done a good job of teaching, but perhaps not such a good job of demonstrating Christ’s presence and His amazing love!

If non-preachers can hear God “call them to preach,” they should also be able to hear God talk to them about other things. We are all called to follow the risen Jesus beyond human boundaries.

God’s giftings without brokenness are dangerous. Brokenness without God’s giftings is depressing. Prechurch flowed with both. When Christ-followers assemble regularly to minister to one another, they soon begin to resemble Jesus.

Christ gave five gifts to His prechurch body. Church turned them into one “office”–“the pastor.” Those prechurch giftings of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers, gradually morphed into the one-man office of “pastor.”

Prechurch Christianity was based on the kingdom of God. God was the literal Head, not just a figurehead. Jesus announced the kingdom of God. Will we dare to take church beyond human control & let Jesus be the literal Head of His body? Let’s start rechurching — getting back to the unprogrammed, Spirit-led faith of the 1st century Christians.

AA, NA, and other support groups allow anyone present to speak up in meetings. Why won’t church? 1 Corinthians 14:26 promotes it. If church would help people learn the Bible by doing it, a new level of Christianity would come forth. Let Christians gather to experience Christ in one another and then scatter to spread Him to others.

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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