Author Archives: Steve Simms

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

Lecture-ship or discipleship?

Church has replaced discipleship with lecture-ship. But no discipleship equals no New Testament Christianity! Jesus came to give you direct access to God. You don’t need a human go-between to lecture you once a week. Jesus said to make disciples. … Continue reading

Posted in body of Christ, Book of Revelation, casual church, cost of discipleship, disciple making, disciples, Gospel, how to be a disciple, Leonard Ravenhill, making disciples, ministers, New Testament, preach the gospel, preacher, preachers, preaching the Gospel, priest, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Are church greeters biblical?

A handshake, a smile, a kind word, and a bulletin (and perhaps occasionally a hug) — that’s pretty much the job description of a church greeter.  So are church greeters in the Bible? And if so what was their job in … Continue reading

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The best thing to do with a bad thought

A human mind, polluted with various forms of negativity, produces a life overflowing with the same pollutants. I think, therefore I am . . . not going to think negatively! One thing I’m positive about is that thinking negatively is never … Continue reading

Posted in addiction, depression, do it if it feels good, don't think about a pink elephant, feelings, happiness, inner peace, joy, optimism, overcoming depression, pessimism, stream of consciousness, think on these things, Uncategorized, unhappiness | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Against the gates of Hell with toothpicks or a mighty battering ram?

What can knock down a gate? 40,000 individual toothpicks or ONE mighty battering ram? Think about it. 40,000 toothpicks couldn’t do much damage to a gate and definitely couldn’t overcome it and knock it down. However, ONE might battering ram … Continue reading

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We shouldn’t let unfathomable evil desensitize us

(This article was first posted on the ONE Body Life webpage at onebody.life.) How can we deal with the ever increasing number of evil acts of mass murder and terrorism in America? When horror becomes widespread, our natural tendency is to begin to ignore it, … Continue reading

Posted in comfort, comfort for grief, evil spirits, good and evil, gun violence, How Evil Works, overcoming evil, problem of evil, source of evil, stop the violence, Uncategorized, violence epidemic, violence in society, where does evil come from, why mass shootings | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sermons are not enough! We need more!

No sermon can ever compare to having your heart ablaze with the living Jesus! “Church shall have a sermon,” is not the 11th Commandment. In fact, it isn’t a commandment at all! Christianity isn’t about a man teaching a weekly religious … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Corinthians 14:26, church services, go into all the world and preach, Holy Spirit, how to conduct a church service, Jesus' name, organic church, priesthood of the believer, Spirit-led, teaching, two or three in My name, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How do you handle cussin’ Christians?

I’ve noticed a new trend lately, something I’ve never really noticed much in the past — cussing Christians. I don’t get it. Why would people who are called to be “pure in spirit” want to pollute themselves and others with … Continue reading

Posted in abuse, adult language, anti-bullying, bad words, Bless those who curse you, Blessed are the pure in spirit, bullying, colorful language, disrespect, intimidation, is cussing judging?, mature language, Philippians 4:8, power of words, stop bullying, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments