Christianity needs more “heartials” and fewer facials

Facials are fine, but what we all really need is heartials. When Christians gather with a “minister to me” attitude instead of a “let’s minister to one another” attitude, we miss much that God has for us. Perhaps a group of Christ-followers directly led by the Holy Spirit is more powerful than a group led by a mere man.

To be “led by the Spirit” and to “quench” the Spirit, are opposites and can’t be done at the same time. Pride can easily be led by self and/or by sin, but it takes surrender and humility to be consistently led by the Holy Spirit.

To “led by the Spirit” is to be aware of and to obey God’s inner promptings. To “quench” the Spirit is to ignore or disobey them. Christianity is a Spirit-empowered lifestyle, not just lessons learned by listening. Relationship with Jesus is about surrender to Him. You can learn a lot about Jesus, yet still be in rebellion against Him

Being called a pastor doesn’t make a person any more (or less) qualified to minister to people. When members of the body of Christ are unresponsive to Jesus, the Head, the result is spiritual paralysis. Just because you don’t have (or assume) a religious title, shouldn’t hold you back from daily following & obeying Jesus.

The body of Christ isn’t an audience. It’s God’s family–His people coming together heart-to-heart. When people are trained and allowed to step out in SPaction (Spirit-prompted action), church opens the door to miracles.

God’s grace is a free way out of bondage to sin, not a free excuse for continuing in for sin. Search Amazon for: The Joy Of Early Christianity.

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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