If God Died Would It Make Any Difference In Your Church Service Next Sunday?

I once heard someone ask:  “If God died would it make any difference in your church service next Sunday morning?”  That’s a good question. 

I had to answer “no.”  The church I attended would have carried on as usual whether God is alive or not.  Our Sunday morning worship meeting was about God, but it wasn’t dependent on God.  It was something the pastor ran for God, but it wasn’t something that needed God to do anything.  It could be conducted fine without Him.

Church as an institution and/or an organization is set up to be self-sufficient.  It is programmed and structured so that it can function on its on. 

However, the New Testament pictures church as a living organism — the body of Christ.  This is not just an analogy.  Biblical church is a group of people who allow the living Christ to direct, and control their gathering, not as theology or theory, but as reality. 

Christ moves and speaks through the members as they gather in His name.  Without Christ, a New Testament church gathering would fall apart, because it is not something planned and implemented by man, but something directly from God.  This is church beyond institution, organization, and human structure. 

Jesus said:  “I will build My church.”  He never promised to build our church, our institution, our organization.  We need to give the churches to God.  We need to say:  “God, this is Your church.  Do whatever You want this morning.  We are going to gather and wait and see what You do.”  When a church has the courage to do that, God will show up in amazing ways.

Read the book of Acts and see what happens when Christ is allowed to be the actual and practical head of His church.  The events in Acts can happen today.  All we have to do is to let God have His church.

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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2 Responses to If God Died Would It Make Any Difference In Your Church Service Next Sunday?

  1. michelle hale says:

    maybe we should apply this to our everyday lives? Church is what we do and where we worship. That should be all the time and everyday and every where. If God died (which the idea scares me to death) then what happens to the “christians” that ride the fence. Which way would they fall? Who would be left to feed the hungry? To love the unloved? Without God who governs the world? Satan sure would have a time in the churches. Not mine! I have faith in our members to mourn God to carry on the idea of worship as usual. We would feed the poor and love the “unloveable” the spirit lives in our hearts. The feeling of God comes when true christians unite for the greater good (which if I undestand the way I think I do) is love and forgiveness. Love for God and love for one another,and just as important if not more so, forgivenes from God and one another.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for those thoughts, Michelle. I am so glad that God cannot die. He is eternal. However, when I first heard that question, it really made me think. Do we depend on God in our church meetings or do we hold them in our own power? And that is true of our personal life as well, do we live in our own power or in God’s power?

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