Perfect people in church

People say, “Don’t expect to find perfect people in church,” but, we should be able to find holy, Christ-like people there. If church doesn’t produce holy, Christ-like people, perhaps there’s something off with the programming or methodology.

The Bible calls Christ-followers to “be holy,” not just to pretend to be. Grace isn’t an excuse for sin, it’s victory over sin. To hide from the light is to collide in the darkness. The mission of Christ-followers is to shine with His Light everywhere they go.

Church programs are made by people like me, but only Jesus can set us captives free. Churches bring in a lot of guest speakers, as if there is no one in their congregation who has anything important to share.

Jesus speaks today, but if we don’t believe that He does, we won’t listen and probably won’t hear Him. Jesus rose, not so people can sit passively in church rows, but so His followers can rise up and arouse others to boldly obey Him. Without a mission life meanders meaninglessly.

To ignore the risen Jesus is to quench the Holy Spirit. Try not to do that. Jesus said, “I am the way,” so why do we make following a program the way to worship? Jesus is the only Head in His body.

Jesus is the best conductor, choreographer, director, and leader in the world. Perhaps we should let Him run church services.

When church teaches biblical content without training people in the daily application of that content, it does them a disservice. Monologues make audience members, but dialogues develop disciples.

Content or connection? Casual Christianity lectures about religious content. Early Christianity facilitated connection with Jesus.

Perhaps we shouldn’t exalt preachers. Deuteronomy 13:3 says: “It is the Lord your God you must follow and Him you must revere.”

For a guidebook to creativity in Christianity, search for: The Joy Of Early Christianity book.

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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