Called to be disciples, not dependents!

Jesus never said to make dependents. He said to make disciples!

The one who controls the mic controls the church service. Why not let Jesus control the mic? If a church opened the mic for Jesus to prompt people to come and speak what He tells them, miracles would happen!If we really trusted Jesus to run a church service, no one would need to program or control it. Who can run a better church service, 1) the risen Jesus or 2) a professional pastor?

It’s good to believe theologically Jesus is alive, but, we also need to believe Jesus is functionally alive and let Him take over! The way church is normally conducted, there is no need for God to be actively involved. Pastors can run it all by themselves. However, I believe that the risen Jesus longs to freely flow through all Christ-followers to demonstrate His presence and spiritual gifts among them. If all Christians saw themselves as ministers of God’s word & His love, the impact of Christianity would be greatly expanded.

If someone had a “party” for you, but ignored you and had everyone sit in rows while one guy lectured about you, would you like it? Perhaps that’s how Jesus feels in church.

Religious tradition can be a cage keeping God on display, but safely away from interacting with or disrupting people’s lives. If a pastor would step aside, let go of control, and turn the meeting over to God, Jesus would run it. It’s an amazing thing to see!

How we need actual demonstrations of Christ’s presence, supernatural power, and love — and not just words about Him! The Holy Spirit was given to be continually flowing inner rivers, not an occasional drip. (John 7:38) Pentecost is how Christianity looks when a gathering of believers is in one accord and isn’t quenching the Holy Spirit.

We need Christianity that’s not made in America, Ethiopia, or China, but birthed from Heaven! The kingdom of Heaven isn’t just the after life, but also a present life Christians need to go after. Christian leadership is about character, humility, and anointing, not about titles, position, and protocol.

Do people need to be continually lectured about their parents, spouse, siblings, or best friends? Jesus is all of those to me!

In the Bible “the chief priests” and “teachers of the law” didn’t want Jesus to question how they did things. But questioning is okay. Christianity is chopped up into thousands of contradictory denominations and churches. Perhaps we need to directly follow Jesus.

God’s law motivates people to do good to avoid punishment, but grace motivates people to do good out of gratitude for forgiveness. Forgiveness (both forgiving others and being forgiven) is a wonderful enhancer of mental health

If we say that we are Christ-followers, but continually disobey Him, we aren’t really following Him. Live like your life is a priceless destiny, not a meaningless meander through time.

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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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