5 Simple Ways To Release More Love In Church/Corps Meetings

“Love one another.” –Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a supernatural outbreak of God’s love in our church meetings? Control contorts, constricts, and collapses love. Love must be free to spontaneously flow.
Love's not a theory
–5 simple ways to increase love in church/corps* meetings:
1) Give ordinary people the opportunity to open up and share what is on their heart. When you hear people being sincere, transparent, and vulnerable, you can’t help but feel love for them.
2) Let people gather around, lay their hands on, and pray over one another. When people pray out loud for other people, supernatural love begins to flow from their heart. Another way to do this is to break the meeting into groups of about 3 to 6 people and let them share their concerns and then pray together for each other.
3) Arrange the seating for the meeting in a way that people can see each others faces (circle, semi-circle, or U-shape arrangements seem to work best for this). When you see the living Jesus shining through someone’s face, love wells up from inside you.
4) Create an environment that moves praise and worship beyond a rehearsed and controlled performance and allows people to passionately pour out their heart in abandoned adoration of Jesus. Worshiping in spirit and truth let’s love loose!
5) Keep the meeting real, honest, and heart-felt. “If we walk in the light, as He (God) is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” –1 John 1:7
–It takes great courage to be open and honest; and to humbly admit our faults, insecurities, struggles, and issues. Yet, God’s love calls us to nothing less. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” When sins are openly confessed, God’s miracle of mercy and love rises up in those who hear.
–Love’s not a theory taught through trained theological teachings. Love is a lifestyle learned by letting in God’s light!
*Corps is the term The Salvation Army uses instead of church. The Greek word that is used in the New Testament for gatherings of God’s people is ekklesia.  The earliest English Bible translators brought it into English as congregation. However, the King James translators rather than bringing the meaning of the word ekklesia into English, replaced it with the word church which means a place for religious worship rather than the gathering of God’s people. For more see my post: The Lost Word of the Bible–Ekklesia.

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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3 Responses to 5 Simple Ways To Release More Love In Church/Corps Meetings

  1. So many good suggestions! Sometimes it is the most simple things that we do that make our fellowship halls, Chapels, homes a place where people feel free to openly share. For instance, arrange the seating for the meeting in a way that people can see each others faces.

    I was in one Salvation Army that had pews bolted down to the floor so, since it was a smaller congregation anyway we would meet in our fellowship hall. For larger groups we would meet in the chapel but i would not stay on the chapel, i would come down and walk the isle.

    God bless you Steve for sharing these 5 simple ways to increase love in church/corps* meetings!

  2. Its the love our dearest Jesus has shown us that we are able to share with someone else.

  3. I shared this with Steve on FB and wanted to thank him for his 5 ways/examples this inspired me to write the following post: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/holy-spirit-lead-meeting/

    I noticed sometime people need a topic or even need a program to follow some what to inspire them to participate so there are a few scriptures to pass out for people to read and then share out loud their testimony.

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