Society is training people to follow their own desires. Church should train them to follow the living Jesus instead.

Christ calls people to follow Him. Nowadays they’re following their feelings, desires, and compulsions.

Christ calls people to repent of their sins. Nowadays people are repenting of their gender.

Christ doesn’t offer His approval of our will. He offers us His forgiveness, His presence, and His power to align with His will.

If disapproval is hatred, then we’re all in trouble, because nobody approves 100% of anybody’s behaviors, not even their own. True repentance is to let God repair, redirect, and restore you to His will, not your own.

Prophet Jeremiah said: “The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin.” Reformer Martin Luther is seen as a hero for speaking against church as usual. Perhaps we need reformer voices today.

Grace is like a free tour of London. There’s no cost for the ticket but you have to get on the bus and stay with the Tour Guide.

Love is kind and compassionate to people, but it doesn’t necessarily approve of their decisions and behaviors. It takes courage to choose to be kind to people, no matter what they do or how you feel about them. Dare to be brave!

Kindness is conspicuously underrated, courageous, and contagious. (Search: Off the Race Track–From Color Blind to Color Kind.) Christians need to actively pursue God’s vision of Christ’s body connecting as people from “every kindred & every tribe.”

If you’re with someone you love, you listen to them and interact with them. Why don’t we train Christians to do that with Jesus? When people let the risen Jesus live in and direct them daily, they don’t insist on their desires, but lovingly submit to Christ. Christianity is being so transformed by the risen Jesus living in & through us, that we no longer exalt or obey our own desires.

When you know Jesus you have an inner desire to say no to the things that distract you from noticing His radiance and splendor.

Preaching meetings are okay, but they are not as effective as involving and activating people as open, Spirit-led sharing is. All preaching and no Spirit-led interaction makes church a weekly lecture series.

Christian leaders should be more like officials in a football game than a quarterback or coach. They should not be the center of attention.

If no one claimed ownership in a church, no one would be offended by the idea of Spirit-led interaction as taught in the Bible in 1 Corinthians. 14. If you are willing to hear from God, read the Bible with an open heart and He will speak inside you as you do. Right now is a good time to get up and go do something that God is telling you to do.

When Jesus was with His early disciples they didn’t follow a program. Isn’t He with us today? Both traditional and contemporary church services are accepted today. Perhaps it’s time to accept sermon-free church as well.

High church is formal. Low church is less formal. Sermon-free church is informal and interactive.

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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