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

The worst condition for a human being

To think we’re right with God if we’re not is the worst state we can be in. We need God to show us where we’re not right with Him. How can we live right if we won’t let God show us … Continue reading

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ABCs of Beyond Church

Assembly of God Body of Christ Christ’s city council Dependence on Jesus Ekklesia Family of God God-gatherings Hooked on Christ In Jesus’ name Jesus is the Head Kingdom of God Life together Meeting with Jesus New creatures in Christ Orchestrated … Continue reading

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Theology without testimony is like learning about ice cream without eating it

Many people have never discovered that when people open up and begin to testify to one another about their love for Jesus, they experience an amazing sense of kinship. Christianity isn’t just about dispensing information about God. It’s about making … Continue reading

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Influence others to hope or be influenced by them toward despair

Seek out people who will influence you to aspire & work to be the best you can. Saturate yourself with positive, upbeat, encouraging, wholesome, & hopeful influences. Negative influences are bold, seductive, and pushy. It takes great courage & effort not … Continue reading

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Rob Bell: This is what the Bible is . . .

Rob Bell has written a book called What Is The Bible? Here’s a poem and a few thoughts to help answer Rob’s question: Let The Bible Ring Your Bell I learned What the Bible is By reading it, And as I did … Continue reading

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Don’t throw the Bible out for the bathwater of deception

Let Scripture challenge & change your perceptions, feelings, & opinions. To depart from Scripture for human opinion is to dance with deception. To avoid deception: lay down your opinions, continually search the Scriptures, & always let God’s Spirit direct your heart … Continue reading

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Word choice matters

Your lingo leads your life. Choose to use uplifting lingo! It’s hard to build a positive life with a negative vocabulary. Bad words don’t produce good outcomes. Your feelings follow the verbiage you daily use and consume. Volatile verbiage creates volatility. Serene verbiage … Continue reading

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