Category Archives: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Beyond sermon-hearing to Spirit-hearing

Christ experienced is much more powerful than Christ explained. The “let the preacher do it” mentality has crippled contemporary Christianity. However, Jesus never said: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the preacher says.” (He said, “Let them hear what the … Continue reading

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“‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.'” –William Booth

God’s call is to all, yall! Ekklesia, the Greek word replaced by the word church in almost all English Bible translations, literally means called out ones. If you are a member of the body of Christ, you are called! The concept … Continue reading

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Better than a sermon?

What’s more effective than a sermon? Should a pastor be a sage on a stage or a guide along side? (See 1 Corinthians 14:26.) 100 sermons? We believe that instead of having people sit through 100 sermons, it’s much more … Continue reading

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Quotes & Notes on Spirit-Prompted Church Meetings

Hear God where you are.  Follow Him to where He is.  D.L. Moody said:  “The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.” Within every person is a spiritual cell phone … Continue reading

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A Simple Syllogism About Sunday Church Services

A simple syllogism: * Jesus is alive and present when believers meet together. * Jesus is smarter than any man. * Therefore, we should let Jesus lead Sunday morning church services instead of a man leading them. When the Holy … Continue reading

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Think Outside The Sermon — Sermon-Free Church Quotations

“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”  –Mother Teresa “Had Saul (who became Apostle Paul) met only a preacher and heard only a sermon, he might never have been heard of again. But Saul met Christ and heard His Voice.”  … Continue reading

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Does Hierarchy Hinder God? — How To “Prepare The Way For The Lord”

John the Baptist came to “prepare the way for the Lord” in his generation.  I, too, would like to prepare the way for the Lord.  I want to prepare the way for God to work powerfully in my life.  And … Continue reading

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