Whose Control Should Church Be Under?

To congregate under Christ’s direct control (to come together and allow the living Jesus, Himself, to lovingly lead us without the aid of a human program or agenda) releases the power and presence of God, like nothing else on earth.

“We want a living embodiment of Christianity.” –Catherine Booth
–When Christ-followers gather together as the body of Christ, shouldn’t we allow the living, resurrected Jesus to move and direct His members however He chooses?
–If no one has the right to control another person’s body, why should any person try to control a gathering of the body of Christ? If we are Christ’s body, then shouldn’t Christ, Himself, control us when we meet together?

“A Christian gathering controlled by one person, cannot be controlled by the Holy Spirit.” –Eddie Hyatt


“The present structure of the typical local church is more like a spectator sport than its biblical counterpart, with a few people doing everything and the rest just cheering.” –Rick Joyner
–However, ekklesia (participatory church), based on 1 Corinthians 14:26, allows anybody present to speak up as led by the Holy Spirit.

“In the beginning of the Christian cause all were ministers. There was no place for the observer or the nominal member.” –Elton Trueblood

Salvation Army Founder, General William Booth was not overly fond of sermons.
–“We don’t believe in the religion learned from books, from ministers and sermons. We believe in the religion of the soul.” –William Booth
–Experience church where instead of a one-man sermon, ordinary people minister to one another; at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207, Sundays 10:45 am.

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3 Church (Corps) Innovations: Passionate Preaching By Ordinary People / Expanded Mercy Seat / Curriculum-Free Sunday School

Here are 3 church innovations for the 21st Century:

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1) Passionate preaching by ordinary people:

I heard a Salvation Army Divisional Commander preach with passion last night. You could feel fire, excitement, and inspiration flowing from his heart-felt words.
–Our culture desperately needs people who are willing to be passionate about Christ. Cool, calm, calculated and controlled words coming from our cranium, just won’t cut it anymore. We need to cry out from the deep convictions of our heart!
–When ordinary people are given permission to passionately preach, proclaim, and testify in church as they feel led by the Spirit, God’s fire breaks out and contagiously spreads around the room and out the doors.

2) Expanded mercy seat:

The “mercy seat” is a place to encounter the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.
–The Salvation Army has always wanted to provide people with more than food and clothing; assistance and lodging. We have wanted to provide people with a place to interact with the living God. We call that place the “mercy seat” (some churches call it an altar). It is a bench in the front of our worship centers where people can come and meet with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Lives are forever transformed and set free at the mercy seat.
–At The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, our goal is to expand the concept of the “mercy seat” beyond the bench and/or altar call, by setting aside human programming and surrendering the entire worship meeting to the direct control of Jesus so that people can interact with Him and obey His voice through out the meeting.

3) Curriculum-free Sunday school:

What would happen if churches replaced their adult Sunday school curriculum with the living Christ, by reading Bible passages and letting the class openly discuss them as prompted by the Spirit?
–Come see by experiencing our adult Sunday school at Berry Street at 9:30 every Sunday morning, where instead of a printed curriculum, ordinary people share their insights and revelations into Scripture.

The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207 — gathering every Sunday morning at 10:45 am.

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What Shall We Suppress (Sbennumi)?

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Shall we surrender to every single whim, desire, craving, and compulsion? Or should we sbennumi (a Greek word that looks like this in the original language: ζβέννυμι and means suppress or stifle) some of them?

If we need to sbennumi, what shall we suppress and stifle? Is it possible to sbennumi the wrong things? Yes! The Bible says:

“Do not sbennumi (suppress, stifle, hold back, extinguish, put out, thwart, or quench) the Spirit.”

It is tragic when we suppress or stifle or hold back the voice of God in our hearts. There is none so deaf as she/he who chooses not to hear and obey God.

What then should we suppress and stifle?

“Take up the shield of faith, with which you can “sbennumi” (suppress, stifle, hold back, extinguish, thwart, or quench) all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

Let’s suppress and stifle and hold back every single self-destructive and/or wrongful desire that enters our heart, inflames our desire, or rises up in our mind!

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Is it prudent for the passions, propensities, and perspectives of the present to push aside the pervasive moral principles and probity of the past?

Has our culture walked away from the collective wisdom of mankind?

Is it prudent for the passions, propensities, and perspectives of the present to push aside the pervasive moral principles and probity of the past?

What makes us think that our opinions are wiser that the collective wisdom of most of mankind? For example, most cultures though out history have agreed with the moral standards in the Ten Commandments.

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Veggie Cans, Church, & Christ In You

These cans of veggies illustrate two ways to do church:

These cans represent the traditional way of having church.

These cans represent the traditional way of having church.

These cans represent the way of doing church taught in 1 Corinthians 14:26.

These cans represent the way of doing church taught in 1 Corinthians 14:26.

2 ways 2 do church:

1) Line everybody up in nice rows like shelved stacks of canned vegetables and let one person give a talk from the platform.  This traditional way of holding church meetings keeps us closed up in our cans.

2) Let everybody open up and share what the living, resurrected Jesus has put in his or her heart. (The way of doing church taught in 1 Corinthians 14:26.) This New Testament way of doing church opens us up so that we can share what Christ is doing in our heart with one another.

If Jesus is really alive (like we preach that He is), then when we gather in His name, let’s allow Him to take us off the shelf, open us up and take the lids off our cans, and then lead us to share with one another what He is doing in our lives.

“The Holy Spirit wants the platform back!” –Ryan LeStrange
–Let’s get out of the Spirit’s way and allow Him to speak through anybody present, not just through the pastor and/or whoever else controls the platform.

God doesn’t want you to sit on a shelf and keep your relationship with Him under a lid. He wants to open up your can and share the spiritual life in your heart with other members of his body and with the world. Christ in you is the hope of glory! Don’t keep Him to yourself.

Church is off the shelf and the cans are open at The Salvation Army Berry Street, where ordinary people show and tell what God has done. Come and be fed by the Holy Spirit working through everyday people. Experience open cans, off the shelf, sharing Christ with one another — Sundays @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207.


The flag in the pic is The Salvation Army Flag. The star in the center reads “Blood & Fire.” The red stands for the blood of Jesus; the yellow stands for the fire of the Holy Spirit; and the blue represents a lifestyle of daily following and obeying the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

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I want God to ignite my words with a match made in Heaven so that they burn in the heart of everyone who reads them or hears them, making them a furnace that spreads God’s warmth and light around the world.

“And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?” –Luke 24:32

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Sexual suppression? –Society’s mindset toward sex suppresses its meaning, its physiology, and its primary purpose.

11 American lies about sex

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