Church? The pastor at the wheel or all the auto parts working together to follow the Spirit? When Christianity is dry and boring, that’s the brakes. Let’s take the brakes off of Jesus. We park our cars in the church parking lot and too often park our bodies and minds to passively sit in the church sanctuary.
When pastors use human control, they unintentionally shut down Jesus’ cruise control. It’s time to release the church’s parking brakes and train all Christ-followers to cruise with the risen Jesus. When church steps off the spiritual brakes, Christians will be in for the ride of their lives!
To brake the Holy Spirit is to break connection with the flowing of the power and presence of the living Jesus. When we brake the Holy Spirit, we break God’s heart. (Quench not the Spirit.) You will experience an amazing breakthrough in your life when you’re finally through braking the Holy Spirit.
A use-your-gifts-sermon that allows no time for hands-on training in using spiritual gifts, doesn’t help people use their gifts. Preaching “use your gifts” frustrates people if it doesn’t include a spiritual-gifts-gathering for practicing their gifts. Christianity needs Spiritual-Gifts-Gatherings (SGGs) when believers meet to use their gifts to mutually minister to one another.
An open mic in church seems like it would give the Holy Spirit much more freedom than the traditional one-man mic controller does. Just because sermons are traditional, doesn’t mean that they are God’s design for Christian worship. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26.) I don’t think God ever intended for a pastor to be His celebrity spokesperson to a local congregation. The Old Testament priestly hierarchy was replaced by the 50+ New Testament one another commands.
When we let the Holy Spirit brake us and break our rebellion against obeying God, joy will break out in our heart. Let go and let God turn on Jesus’ cruise control in your life. God’s power steering is reappearing. People are learning that a self-driven life is far less powerful than a Christ-driven life.
Perhaps a pastor should be a spiritual coach, serving people as they grow and not a one-person show. Let the Spirit be unrestrained, freely leading God’s people, flowing from each of them like rivers of living water.
Christian congregations are full of biblical insights, testimonies, and God’s wisdom. Why make God’s people an audience? When attending church distracts people from personally attending to the Holy Spirit’s direct leadership, it misfunctions.
Whoever sets the agenda is in charge. Should a person set the agenda for a church or should the risen Jesus? I love to see people spontaneously expressing their love for Jesus without following a script or church program.
For more: search for my book: Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word of the Bible–Ekklesia.