What If A Beach Party Was Conducted Like A Church Service?

On a beautiful, sunny day at the beach, would you rather:  1) Sit with a bunch of dressed up people in benches lined up in perfect rows while you formally sing Beach Boys songs together, then passively hear a less-than-exciting, 30 minute talk about how cool the beach is, and then go home saying it was a good beach party? or 2) Get casual and go freely experience the beach and the sunshine for as long as you want?

God is so much better and more exciting than a beautiful, sunny day at the beach.  If we wouldn’t want to structure our day at the beach by sitting in rows, formally singing beach songs, and then passively listening to a talk about the beach, why do we do that with God?

Why don’t we allow people in church to freely experience God and to openly share what God shows them?  Why do we talk about God like He’s not in the room and act like He is a million miles away?

At The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, our goal is to help people to freely experience the glorious Sun-shine as they show and tell what God has done.  Our meetings begin with passionate, heart-felt worship led by a different worship leader each week.

Then we say:  “Who has something that God wants them to share?”  From that point on, the Spirit begins to lead people to share amazing testimonies, Scriptures, words of encouragement, prayers, prayer needs, etc.  It is truly a great time enjoying the Son-shine!  People don’t want to leave.

Experience God’s Son-shine for yourself — Sundays @ 10:45 am. & Thursdays @ 6:30 pm., 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.

Let the Son-shine in!

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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5 Responses to What If A Beach Party Was Conducted Like A Church Service?

  1. ELIZABETH Swartz says:


    • Steve Simms says:

      It is not a matter of how we are dressed as much as what we do. What we do at a beach party makes us excited. Perhaps some of the things we do in church make us bored. The beach is exciting, but God should be much more exciting to us than the beach. Perhaps if we changed some things, the church could help people experience excitement about God.

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