The risen Jesus calls us beyond crusty creeds to Spirit-led deeds

Doctrine alone will make you docile. However, an ongoing relationship with the risen Jesus will make you revolutionary.

Claiming a Christian creed without consciousness of and commitment to the risen Jesus Christ is incomplete. A profession of faith without possession of life-changing faith is but the empty acknowledgement of a creed.

In my life, I’ve experienced both a passive, systemic belief absorbed from a religious environment, and a passionate faith inspired by the risen Jesus. There is no comparison between the two.

No one has to read your creed. They can see what you really believe in how you live.

Christianity has focused too much on religions institutions and too little on the Spirit’s inspirations. Operations of the Spirit are far more important than the services of religious organizations. They should be daily sought and cultivated.

Distractions will keep you from SPactions (Spirit-Prompted actions). “Quench not the Spirit. Costless Christianity is a contradiction. After all, Jesus said, “Count the cost.”

The more that you hide behind religious creeds, the greater your fear of being discovered. Jesus says: “Walk in the light.”

Biblical Christianity is about Jesus Christ as a present, living Person at work in the now, not Jesus as doctrine, religion, or history. However, to put down the Bible is to reject the testimony of the ancient Jews and the early Christians. When I began to read the Word of God like a love letter, it came alive and danced in my heart and increased my connection to the risen Jesus.

Turn your creed into deeds! Even small acts of kindness have a lasting effect. Do a few today.

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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