Bystanders vs. spiritual revolutionaries

Too many Christians have been trained to be bystanders and onlookers rather than spiritual revolutionaries. If you look at church as a training center, what is it training Christians to do? Sit and listen.
Perhaps pastors need to be coaches (not lecturers), running people through spiritual drills, training them to thrive with Christ. Maybe church should be a Spirit-led workout with the gifts of the Spirit instead of a passive, sermon sit-in. When discipleship was replaced with spectatorship Christianity lost much of its power.
What you learn by sermons is soon forgotten. What you learn by the living Jesus working through ordinary people you never forget. If church would create an atmosphere where people can freely hear and obey Jesus, they won’t forget that!
You learn to use your phone by daily interacting with it (not by a weekly lecture about it). Learn to follow Jesus the same way. Christians need to be trained to hear, follow, and obey Jesus rather than trained to sit and listen to a preacher. We don’t need more sermons. We need church to create the conditions where we can actively hear and obey Jesus when we meet together!
To learn about Jesus yet not get to know Him personally is like learning about restaurants but never eating out. To go to a pool every week just to hear a talk about swimming misses the point. When will church let people swim in the Spirit?
Christianity without the supernatural presence of the risen Jesus is like power lines with no electricity. When church became spectatorial it lost much of the supernatural power of early Christianity.
The heart can learn things that the head will never understand. Open your heart to be taught by the Holy Spirit.
Wood in a pile doesn’t necessarily make a fire. People attending church don’t necessarily worship.

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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