Preaching so that people can connect with & obey the risen Jesus

The purpose of preaching is more than just proclamation. It is introducing people to the risen Jesus, so that they can begin to listen to and obey Him. Early Christians didn’t use preaching to make people dependent on a preacher, but to train them to personally follow and obey Jesus.

Here’s a conflict. A pastor is often seen as one who does it all, but God wants to empower all to do His will.

Would you rather hear a lecture about your favorite athlete or watch him/her in action? When it comes to the living Jesus, I’d much rather see Him in action in and through ordinary people. After all, the goal of Christianity has to be more than hearing religious talks. The goal is that we be “led by the Spirit.” (Romans 8:14.)

The Good News is that Jesus still offers forgiveness, restoration, freedom, and joy to whoever will humbly receive it. Grace offers you free gas so that you can follow God’s Waze to His destinations. “Let’s take the way of the Cross.”

Everyone worldwide, who has a living relationship with the risen Jesus, is a member of the body of Christ and the family of God. No other membership can compare with being a member of the worldwide body of Christ.

It’s easy for a pulpit to become a pedestal for the person preaching from it. However, the only one on a pedestal in the body of Christ should be tie living, resurrected Jesus. When someone has inner, spiritual stature, they have no need or desire to be on a pedestal like a statue.

Here’s a short history of Christian revival. God sends a spiritual awakening. People organize it. It is gradually snuffed out. Don’t quench revival. Quench your “flesh” (the rebellious part of your human nature) that tries to quench the Holy Spirit and reject His inner guidance.

A miniscule thought will grow into a mountain if allowed to continually repeat in your mind. Make mountains of your best thoughts — the ones that come from God.

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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