Twitter lets anybody tweet. Could church do that?

Somehow the New Testament concept of the priesthood of all believers was turned into a religious audience of passive receivers. However, when a preacher does all the church talking, he is eventually surrounded by people who have nothing to say.

Think how boring Twitter would be if only one person was allowed to tweet. Church reminds me of that.

Church has trained people to believe that Christianity is passive–sit and believe
a little bit. But Jesus said: “Follow Me!” House churches can be just as controlled as institutional churches. Let’s all let the living Jesus, Himself, lead us!

Church is like a box of chocolates where one piece gets unwrapped but the rest go stale in the box. Church calls people “laymen” & treats them like they’re not “qualified” to speak about God. All a one-man talk and no interaction makes church passive, restrictive, and contrived

Church is a weekly showcase of the same person’s speaking ability, while everyone else is required to just sit & silently listen. Jesus said “Make disciples.” So why does church make an audience full of spectators? Christians are called to be disciples of Jesus, not of a man, organization, or denomination.

Church says come, sit, and listen. Jesus says “Come and follow Me!” (How can we follow Jesus when we aren’t allowed free expression?) Church considers “the pastor” to be the only member suited to preach, thus missing out on the spiritual insights of the many.

Church is built on religious explanation. Ekklesia is built on spiritual insight and inner revelation. To keep doing church the way you’ve always seen it done is kind of like the movie Groundhog Day. Following Jesus is not being a weekly spectator at a religious routine. It’s daily pursuing a rigorous relationship with Him.

When people meet to unveil their hearts and gaze at the resurrected Jesus, ekklesia happens!  When someone is present, he can speak for himself. When Christians gather, Christ is present. Let’s allow Jesus to speak in and through whosoever He choses to.

Ekklesia is like a handbell choir where Jesus prompts each person when to play her/his part. Christianity isn’t about one-man religious explanations. It’s about powerful and ongoing Jesus demonstrations

Breathe in, breathe out, be kind. It’s amazing how we humans complicate the simplicity of life! When you’re in the dark, you can’t see what is around you. (Same with spiritual darkness.) You’re heart is a green house. What ya got growin’ there?

Hey, if you would like a handbook about how to #Makechurchekklesiaagain, click on this link: http://amzn.to/2BAdTiT

Twitter's not boring

 

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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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