Politics, women in ministry, & being led by the Spirit

The Bible never says that a particular political system is “the hope of glory.” It says that “Christ in you,” is. Christians aren’t called to point people to a particular political party, position, or personality, but to Christ. The goal of early Christianity wasn’t to influence political power, but to demonstrate the power of Christ in their daily lives.

The early Christians could have been angry, bitter, and insulting to those who were against them. Instead they choose to love.

The book of Acts shows that early Christianity was organic, not organized, Spirit-led, not systematic. The “the priesthood of the believer” answers “the women in ministry question.” All Christ-followers are called be in the ministry.

Following Jesus isn’t a one-time “decision.” It is passionate pursuit — pressing toward the prize of “the pearl of great price.” The Bible says that we are to seek the kingdom of God, not religious celebrities (local or national).

To follow Jesus is to pursue Him, to listen to Him, to continually obey Him instead of self. Be a Christ-follower! People say, “Go this way,” or “Go that way.” Jesus said, “I am the Way!”

After 2,000 years, perhaps the inherited church has drifted away from the biblical concept of the body of Christ (ekklesia). Perhaps we now need cage-free Christianity that trains us to go beyond the bars of religion into the Light of “Christ in you.”

You can’t follow Jesus and self at the same time. Jesus said: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” The kingdom of God (being governed by God) is contrary to our natural desires and requires that we follow Jesus instead of self.

If you sincerely ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you, He will surprise you with His presence, and you will be forever changed. Christ often speaks thru intuition, inspiration, and conscience — the easily ignored, “still, small voice” that the Bible mentions.

The Bible says, “O taste and see the Lord is good.” It doesn’t say that you need someone to feed you!

I continually experience consciousness (although I can’t prove it to anyone but me). Same with the risen Jesus! I’ve found the risen Jesus to be an inner oasis, quenching my thirst for forgiveness, peace of mind, joy, and contentment.

To be “led by the Spirit” is to be under the direct influence and personal leadership of the Holy Spirit. Advocates for the one-man sermon form of church are everywhere (and God can use that), but rare are the advocates for letting the Spirit, personally lead a worship meeting. Suggesting the body of Christ meet with an open mic, isn’t saying God can’t use sermons. It’s recommending 1 Corinthians 14:26.

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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