Church is not a place to hide your light

How did church become a place to hide the light that shines in your heart? Why do we bring our light to church and then keep it hidden “under a bowl” in our heart?

“He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.’”–Mark 4:21-23

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” –2 Corinthians 4:6

According to Scripture, an assembly of Christ-followers is a place for disclosure and openness. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” –James 5:16

A God-gathering is a place for open sharing, testimony, and ministry to one another. “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

A friend recently posted this pic:

clergy don't read

Perhaps, not only clergy — but everybody — should, not only read 1 Cor. 14:26, but also actively do it when we come together in Jesus name.

These Bible verses call us to go beyond church as usual!  But how can we do that? If you need help getting beyond church, check out my new book, Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible

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 Church is not a place to hide your light

  1. oikoskrk says:

    In a real Body of Christ gathering EVERYONE has something to share and contribute. IN a false gathering only the Clergy get to share a monologue or sermon. Good word!

  2. Sam Buick says:

    Unfortunately, pitting such arguments for a more “biblical expression of church life” you end up pitting an “us versus them” argument. You win nothing by castigating clergy. The issue is proclaiming inclusiveness of the body of Christ, it’s local expressions wherever they gather and meet, and you call on everyone to participate and ask that they recover a model of gathering is not only inclusive but participatory, and to distinguish from “apostolic” meetings, which is what Sundays have become the last 1700 years, the larger gathering, where it is not effective to have “all” participate. But as stated in Acts 20:20, Paul met with believers from house to house, and there was still leadership AND participation. So instead of pitting clergy versus laity or believers, let’s examine and do both. Let us see how we can embrace ALL forms of church expression, and increase those that have maximum body life expression by the maximum amount of people. By necessity, it is best suited for smaller gatherings, those gathering that meet in more intimate places. This is why the “house to house” model became the most basic expression and place of church body life. But can we please not castigate people, be they clergy or others. I am growing tired of this personally. I did the house church thing for over 14 years. I have seen more division and discord rather than loving each other in Christ. It is time to live out the love of Christ, for Christ and His Church, no matter where it meets or how it meets. Let’s move on and live out the Gospel and spread the Kingdom in our love and action.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions, Sam. I believe God uses all forms of church expression. However, I feel called to bring attention to the lost, forgotten, and very rare church expression that is taught in 1 Corinthians 14:26. In bringing attention to that, I am not denying that God can and does use the dominant, traditional expression — just advocating for people to begin to pay attention to and experiment with the lost expression, instead of ignoring it.

      • Sam Buick says:

        Hi Steve. I concur. It is just too much has been and continues to be a push back from all quarters, from the simple church to the various traditional forms of church. The problem for me is the root of religion. The traditional institution reinforces religion. It reinforces traditional forms and structures including leadership. The problems I encountered all the time in the house church movement was the laziness of Christians who wanted all the benefits of full participation, but who did not want true discipleship, true evangelism, true mutual submission, and who refused to see leadership gifts in the simple structures of house church. They wanted a free for all. I saw less evangelism, less works of mercy. I did see more passionate followers of Jesus who did not wait for a ministry opportunity. They just oozed and lived out Jesus no matter what. I see that in other forms and expressions too. I just see the whole religious structure as a problem, and just because people meet in a house, it doesn’t go away. People who have been institutionalized and leave the church system, they carry the institution mindset within them. You can leave the cathedral behind, but it is hard to leave the institution when it has been branded into your psyche and DNA. Thanks for your response to my comment. I understand where you are coming from. By the way 1 Cor 14 26 is one of my favorite verses. I even have a couple of email addresses with it. Peace.

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