Benched Christians

The purpose of teaching people about Jesus is so they can follow Him, not so they can be dependent on constant teaching. Church likes to bench Christians, however, Jesus wants to activate them, empower them, and fire the up!

When benched and on the sideline, a congregation is ejected from interactive involvement with Christ. It’s time for Christians to come off the bench and begin to love like Jesus loved! Instead of saying, “Please be seated,” perhaps a pastor should say, “Get out of your seats and aggressively pursue God.”

Christianity isn’t a park bench for sitting on; it’s a spiritual battlefield for freedom fighting. To grow strong in Christ you have to get off the bench. If church ever trains its members to get off the sidelines and on the spiritual battlefield, it will change the world.

A congregation should gather for Christ’s manifestation and holy infestation, not just for a religious oration. Preachers try to explain Christianity. Maybe it would be more effective if they would facilitate an atmosphere to demonstrate it.  Instead, church is often like a battlefield memorial, full of benches and monuments so you can lazily remember spiritual heroes of the past.

Christ doesn’t call people to sit on the sideline and watch life go by. Christians need spiritual “get up and go.” It’s okay to hear a talk about Christ, but it’s much more powerful to experience His reality working in and through your own life.

People who are unaware of the living Jesus think it an odd thing that individuals can be led by Him. If you’re only going to do one of these (hear a sermon or read the Bible) — read the Bible!

Grace is undeserved access to God’s presence and power. It’s not an excuse to rebel against Him. Every single breath we take is a sign of God’s power in our life, yet we notice so very few of them.

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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