When Christ-followers meet as Christ’s council

It’s good to learn more about Jesus. It’s better to listen to and obey Him as members of His council.

Jesus-followers are invited to meet as His city council and to participate in conducting city business for His kingdom as they learn to listen to Him and obey Him — “to bind and to loose.” Hebrews 12:22 and 23 states that Christ-followers “have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the ekklesia (ancient Greek city council) of the first born, whose names are written in Heaven.”

Should Christians meet to encourage one another instead of just to listen to a preacher? Hebrews 10:24 says that Christians should not stop meeting together but should encourage one another.

Jesus said: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the ekklesias.” He Jesus called Christian gatherings “lampstands” (Rev. 1:20). Lampstands let the light shine. They don’t give talks about the light. After all, a talk about the sunrise can never take the place of seeing it. A sermon about Jesus can never take the place of experiencing Him.

If Christ removes our lampstand (Rev. 2:5) a Christian meeting no longer shines His light. Instead it presents talks about the light.

Jesus told His body in Ephesus: “Repent and do the things you did at first.” (Rev. 2:5) Make church ekklesia again! (1 Cor. 14:26) Let Christians meet as a lampstand and let Christ in each person shine forth as each one obeys the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said: “All the ekklesias will know that I am He who searches hearts & minds.” (Rev. 2:23 describing ekklesia.) He also said that He will write the name of the city of God on victorious ekklesias. (Rev 3:12) Ekklesia was the city council in Greek cities. The English Bible replacement of the word ekklesia with the word church has distorted the meaning of the body of Christ.

It’s the greatest “show” on earth — Christ showing Himself through ordinary people meeting in ekklesia. On with Christ’s show, not our one-man shows!

When a person plans and makes all the decisions about the order of a church service, how can we think that Jesus is the Head of it? If a church would tear up the program and let Jesus take the wheel, they would see some things they haven’t seen before. Let Jesus be the Head of His body.

Your conscience (not your phone) is your most important device. It’s God’s inner light. Check it many times everyday because God is messaging you. The human conscience is continually receiving notifications from God, but we far too often ignore them.

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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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