When it comes to the Holy Spirit, always choose ALLOW

Jesus is here now (live and in person) but often church acts like He’s long gone. If you’re a Christian, don’t act like Jesus is dead. Instead let His presence continually transform and inspire you. Sometimes it feels like church takes the risen Jesus and entombs Him in protocol, formalism, and lecture. The Holy Spirit doesn’t need to be controlled or monitored in a church service by a pastor. 

Sermonize me and I forget. Involve me in actively hearing and obeying the risen Jesus and I’m transformed. However, church services seem to see ordinary Christians as incapable, spiritual infants who only sit and listen to a professional preacher.

If protocol, programs, and pastors require Christians to quench the Spirit, a monotone monotony sets in. However, when the risen Jesus comes in, boredom goes out. Many people hear a weekly sermon talk, however, few let the risen Jesus direct their daily walk.

A sermon informs the mind. The living Jesus transforms the heart. Interactive participation turns information into application. Christians need to meet to listen to one another and actually do the Word together.

Church tends to lecture people about Jesus like He is dead, instead of celebrating, demonstrating, and obeying His living presence. A Christian who just attends church once a week, but doesn’t stay close to the risen Jesus, will be spiritually weak.

TED allows lots of people to give a talk. A church usually only lets one.
A meeting of the body of Christ is full of spiritual gifts and much wisdom. It seems such a waste to only let one person speak. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, always choose ALLOW.

People joke about boring sermons. I take them seriously. I believe that God wants more sharing in church than one-man sermons.

Christianity isn’t an enterprise — its an inner prize — the pearl of great price! Many people minister in their own name by putting it on “their ministry,” but shouldn’t ministry be done “in the name of Jesus”?

Christians can gather as an audience. (Church may be the only educational institution in the world that requires a lifetime of hearing weekly lectures.) They can also meet as a body of believers to minister to one another as led by the Spirit. In a “doer” church service, people are free to actually do the New Testament “one anothers,” not just be hearers only.

To make sermon-hearing the focus of Christian worship is to miss the point of the resurrection of Jesus! Church services make people “hearers only’ but the Bible says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” I want to find a doer church service where everyday people are allowed to listen to the resurrected Jesus and then do what He tells them to!

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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