Safe Church — Unlocking God’s Glory!

In the New Testament church was awesomely filled with the Presence of God.  How can the 21st Century church recover the lost combination for God’s glory in our meetings?

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While thinking about this, a scene suddenly came to my mind.  I saw a group of people sitting in front of a safe that looked like a large bank vault.  One person after another took turns getting up, going to the safe, and turning the lock to a different number.  After most of the people had put in their number, the safe opened and the glorious radiance of God’s Presence filled the room.


Traditionally, church has depended on one man (a preacher, a priest, a pastor, a parson) to unlock their understanding of and experience with God.  The results have been that we usually hear a good, safe talk about God and or theology (called a sermon), but we don’t unlock and release His actual, awesome glory into the room.   Why?  Because no one person, single-handedly has the combination to God’s glory.  As the body of Christ we need every member to bring their number and share it in the meeting.

Paul of Tarsus describes the ancient combination that unlocks God’s glory like this:  “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.”  (1 Corinthians 14:26)

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Come and unlock God’s glory with us at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, where rather than a 1-man message, ordinary men and women share the part of  God’s combination that He puts on their heart.  Sundays @ 10:45 am. & Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm., 225 Berry St., 37207.



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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5 Responses to Safe Church — Unlocking God’s Glory!

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  3. keijo leppioja says:

    yes God are beautiful to give us his duty into be pastors and a lot others embloyment to do for him to helping in the church to be blessing and that the body of Christ will grow and be strong in the last time too and let the Lord give revival and starting from me too ,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

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