Is church like a parked bus?

Too often, church is like a parked bus. You get on and take a seat. An hour later, you get off at the same place you got on.

Rather than the celebration of the living Jesus, church has too often felt to me like the maintenance of methodical monotony. Going to church isn’t empowering people to love their enemies. Hostile church goers show more is needed — the living Jesus!

I find sermon hearing to be like trying to reach the moon on a step ladder, but the risen Jesus rockets me into God’s presence. Church has failed to demonstrate that biblical Christianity produces “joy unspeakable & full of glory” and leads to continual rejoicing.

The living Jesus wants to heal your hostility toward God and toward people. Hostile people see hostility all around them and are ready to lash out in a moment, but Christ-filled people spread kindness everywhere. Retaliation amplifies hostility, but continual kindness gradually melts it, like sunlight melting ice.

Hostile people are easily offended. Their disdain for others keeps them snared in various degrees of misery.

It’s pure joy when I’m “in the Spirit” and sense the presence of the living Jesus soaring within and around me. I love to sing directly to the risen Jesus (both in English and in tongues). When I do an amazing ecstasy fills my mind and heart.

Experiment with your emotional and mental states, and you will discover that you can improve them by changing your thoughts and behaviors to align with the living Jesus and with the Bible. Moment by moment, thoughts are creating your attitude and your emotions. Consistently let the risen Jesus give you better thoughts and then you’ll feel better.

Learn how to get beyond “parked bus” 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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