“Sit & be told?” or “Go & be bold?”

The living experience of Christ is far more amazing than anything anyone can say about Him. To really understand the Gospel it must be more than preached. It must be personally experienced and lived. People learn what they do. To really learn Christianity we need to do Christianity.

When God’s inner rivers aren’t allowed to flow; God’s people aren’t able to fully grow. Let Jesus freely flow from within you! Once you begin to bask in the Spirit flowing from within you, it’s hard to be in a Christian meeting where He is shut down.

People come to church expecting to hear from a preacher. In early Christianity they came together expecting to hear from God. To hear your conscience is to hear from God. Listen! Pay attention to what’s going on in your heart and open the door when you hear Jesus knocking.

To hear a sermon, yet not personally experience what was preached, leaves a person with little more than fleeting head knowledge. However, the essence of Christianity is to know, experience, and daily obey the risen Jesus.

Let’s make church a Christ lab where we experiment with fresh ways of interacting with and obeying Jesus. Ekklesia is a faith-lab where Christians demonstrate the reality of the risen Jesus as they flow with the gifts of the Spirit.

Only you can manage your relationship with Jesus! If you try to delegate your responsibility to someone else, you may drift away. Christians have a responsibility to personally hear and obey the living Jesus, not just to go to church. Church’s message is “Sit & be told.” Jesus’ message is “Go & be bold.”

Sermons are available at church or on internet, TV, and radio; however, open, Spirit-led interaction in a body of believers is rare. If you want a sermon, they’re easy to find, however, if you want to meet with Christ-followers who practice 1 Corinthians 14:26; that’s almost extinct! (So why are modern churches almost universally sermonopolies?) Sermons are too often like retweets; merely repeating something a preacher saw, read, or heard somewhere else

How can Jesus be the Head of a church if the church meets under the headship of a pastor? Can a church have two heads?

Schools and colleges are graduating people. Why don’t churches ever graduate people and send them out to change the world?

Jesus promised inner rivers of living water. What clogs your soul? If you have no sense of sin, you may see Christ as an accessory, but you won’t see Him as a necessity. Without the idea of judgment, the concept of grace is meaningless.

Many emotional problems come from a reading disorder–the failure to consistently read positive, hopeful, uplifting material. (Like the Bible!)

What’s the world’s worst tasting mint? Discouragemint! Don’t put it in your mouth and don’t give it to others!

Oops! An atheist is a person who believes himself to be an accident. You’re too important for that to be true.

 

 

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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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