One-man sermons & the John the Baptist leadership principle

One-word sentences/One-man sermons.

Limiting conversation to one-word sentences quenches communication. Example: Person A) Hello.  Person B) Hi.  A) Going?  B) Yes. A)  When?  B) Now.  A) Where?  B) There.   A) How?  B) Walking.  A) Good.  B) Thanks.  A) Bye.  B) Bye.

Perhaps limiting church to one-man sermons quenches the Spirit. Here’s an example: Maybe the Spirit has something for several people to say and/or do during the church meeting, but we don’t allow time for them.

When ordinary people speak from their hearts about God, an inner flow of the Spirit is released that radiates from their faces.

When you think of all the wisdom and spiritual experience of the people in a congregation on Sunday morning, it’s too bad that only one person normally gets to talk.

Perhaps we need to follow the John the Baptist leadership principle: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

When church leaders begin to decrease in power, authority, pride, titles, offices, and control, the presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ will increase in our midst.

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 @
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