Lively spectacles or liturgical spectators

If Christianity doesn’t cause people to feel deeply and passionately about Jesus, it’s not the Christianity of the Bible. Jesus wants His people to be fired-up spectacles of His glory, not religious spectators of His story.

Jesus promised His presence whenever we gather in His name. However, notice the names on church buildings, church signs, and church programs.

When you feel like your life is cracking up, that’s a good time to look for rays of God’s light to shine through. Yet, some people prefer the dullness of darkness instead of the brightness of light.

Joy makes life delightful. Christ in you will dispel your folly and make you jolly (with “joy unspeakable”). Listen to Jesus inside of you and the inspiration He gives will surprise you with radiant Light.

Daily interacting with and following the living Jesus is exciting, adventurous, joyous, and challenging. Christ calls us to be His crew. All hands on deck!

All huddle and never running plays, makes church a spectator sport. When we meet to freely give Jesus heart-felt praise and let Him call the plays, the body of Christ goes beyond religion to reality.

Casting call! Let Jesus assign and direct the parts you’re supposed to play in the glorious mystery of the body of Christ.

Liturgy advice: There’s literally no need for a “Call to Worship” and a “Benediction.” The Bible says to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” “Been-addiction” is the belief that Jesus has been active in the past but isn’t very active in the present (cessationism). A talk about the sunrise, no matter how eloquent, is nothing like experiencing the sunrise! (The same with the Son-rise!)

Did the Bible predict social media? It says: “There are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception.” The Bible says grace “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives.” Be who God made you to be, not who feelings try to force you to be!

For a handbook to help you go beyond liturgy: Search for: Beyond Church–An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia.

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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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