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.