Jesus is alive and colorful; not drab and dull!

We don’t need to pray that Jesus shows up when we meet. That’s been promised. We need to pray that leadership doesn’t quench Him. Revival happens when church leadership gets out of the way and lets the living Jesus occupy the positions of power and authority. No other name but Jesus — let’s lift up His name alone & not the names of Christian leaders.

Worship should focus our attention on the risen Jesus; not on a mere human being. “Look unto Jesus,” not to a human leader! I want to be like Galileo and show people that the Son doesn’t orbit around human leaders, but all Christians are supposed to orbit around the Son! Leaders have tried to assemble, define, and organize the body of Christ, themselves, rather than letting Jesus build His own body.

Wine lovers prefer wine tastings over wine talks. As a Christ-lover, I prefer partaking of and experiencing Christ, over sermons. Christian sisters and brothers: Let’s meet, listen to, experience, and obey Jesus together! We’ve heard enough talks about Him! Meeting for a lecture about Christ is fine. But I have found that meeting to interact with and obey Him is far more powerful!

Church is about sitting down to hear a lesson. Christianity is about rising up to “turn the world upside down” through Christ.

Church with only one speaker is like a tree with only one leaf. It falls far short of its potential! If Jesus is alive in you, you are filled with His power. Don’t push the “power off” button. Messages prepared by men float through human minds, but messages directly prompted by the Spirit transform lives!

People who daily trust in Jesus seem crazy to people who haven’t experienced what they have. Christians are called to go and preach the Gospel; not to sit and listen to somebody else preach the Gospel

Unity based on doctrine is agreement. Unity based on the living Christ uniting hearts is supernatural. When Christ-followers hang out with one another in Christ’s love and ignore their differences, miracles begin to happen. Try it and see.

Like Humpty Dumpty, the body of Christ broke into pieces; but Jesus wants to put it back together again. Will we let Him? Jesus wants to lead all His followers beyond organizational divisions and into the reality of the unity of the Spirit.

Religion is based on authority, but my trust in Jesus is based on observation and spiritual experience! If you aren’t allowed to have direct input in a meeting, you’re just a spectator!

To put Christ in the basement of your heart is one thing. To base your heart on daily following and obeying Christ is another! Is the reign of God (His Empire) within you? Or are you resisting it and rebelling against it?

It’s one thing to file Christ away in your heart! It’s another thing to let Christ file the unChrist-like things off your heart. Too many people have Christ stored in their heart but they don’t let Him rule there.

Christians are called to interactive discipleship; not to uninvolved spectatorship! If Christ is in you, don’t keep Him to yourself. Let Him flow out!

Church is a building built by human hands. Ekklesia is what Jesus wants to build with “living stones” who follow and obey Him. Christ’s ekklesia is the cure for spectator-based Christianity because it let’s everyone have direct input when we gather in His name!

The Bible doesn’t say; “Hear a sermon and understand that God is good,” but; “O taste and see that God is good!” The Holy Spirit isn’t a program or a doctrine. He is speaking directly to you. Follow Him.

Religious talks are okay, but perhaps hands-on, interactive training, where people practice the New Testament “one anothers,” would be more effective. If pastors trained members to do the work of the ministry (according to Ephesians 4), they might work themselves out of a job.

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Me in San Francisco

 

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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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