heart-lab experiments for individuals & groups

Creativity is a thought-lab where various ideas are mixed together to discover helpful associations that make life better. Since the Creator became a human in Jesus, Christianity should the most creative activity on earth (not a spectator event). Christianity suffers from a severe lack of serious implementation — too many hearers and far too few doers!

The human heart is a laboratory for faith experiments that demonstrate the reality of God. Use your heart-lab today! The boundaries of doubt, comfort, and tradition keep many people from boldly exploring the frontiers of faith in the risen Jesus. Watch your thoughts and emotions like guinea pigs, and learn from the way they behave. Be a Christian investigator, not a Christian spectator.

Your heart is a lab where you can conduct spiritual experiments that will demonstrate the reality of Jesus Christ. Science labs experiment with chemical reactions, but in your personal heart-lab, you can experiment with spiritual reactions. When you discover something for yourself it means far more to you than if an authority figure spoon feeds it to you.

The heart is too often a closed, unexplored wilderness within us. (People who never examine the consequences of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, are unaware of the true sources of their inner torment.) However, when opened up to God’s inner Light the heart comes alive with joy.

Denial never overcomes guilt, but “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Jesus’ blood can make you clean. The early Christians overcame “by the word of their testimony.” Victory comes as you tell others about your Christ experiences. Early Christianity wasn’t pampering or self-focused. The first Christ-followers “loved not their lives unto death.”

Make your life a Christ-lab. Humbly receive Jesus’ blood; testify about what’s going on in your life; surrender your life to Him. Be a doer of God’s word and not a hearer only. Then observe the results.

The early Christians “turned the world upside down” through Christ. They didn’t “drain the swamp” through politics. Laboratories make life-changing discoveries. How we need laboratories of the Holy Spirit! In an interactive, gifts of the Spirit laboratory, ordinary Christians can see amazing results that will change their lives and then change society!

Instead of a robe, perhaps a preacher needs a lab coat to get the congregation active in Christ-centered spiritual experiments. Maybe church should be a lab where people can experience the truth through interactive Christ-focused experiments.

Church could be like a science lab where Christ-followers gather to do experiments that demonstrate the reality of their faith. Church should be a Christian laboratory, not a religious museum. Christians should meet to experience and demonstrate the reality of theology, not just to hear someone theologize about reality. Theology unapplied is theology denied! If church doesn’t lead you to Christ-centered, spiritual discovery, something is off base.

The formality of religion should never be substituted for the reality of the risen Jesus. Why are churches so reluctant to let the living Jesus take the reins and override the Sunday morning program? When everything done in a church service could still be done if Jesus was dead, it’s not a powerful testimony for His resurrection. If Jesus is truly alive and present, why don’t churches allow Him even a little bit of time on the Sunday morning program?

An hour isn’t enough time to worship God–neither is a lifetime. That’s why we need eternity! The Bible is God’s quality assurance handbook here on earth. Use it.

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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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