Church of low expectations

First century Christianity filled people with hopeful expectations, supernatural surprises, and life transformation. Why not today? A Christian meeting should freely demonstrate both the humility of the fruit of the Spirit and the power of the gifts of the Spirit. Christianity without godly character and spiritual power is a contradiction.

Church has become a place of low expectations — just sit, listen, then go. However, it’s hard to find passive, spectator-style Christianity in the Bible. Go ahead and look for yourself. The Bible is full of prophecy, letters, laws, history, poetry, wisdom, exhortation, and revelation, but not passive, systematic theology.

Christians are called to be on the cusp of godly creativity, not caught in a culture of complacent conformity. God wants to haul away the trash from our life, but too often we are unwilling to take to it the curb.

Serenity is not denial or sedation. It’s the supernatural presence of God actively ruling and reigning in your heart and life.

Christianity isn’t produced by a religious show, but by the inner flow of the Holy Spirit. Church is one speaker and lots of hearers, however, the Bible says that Christians should “be doers of the word, not hearers only.” Perhaps Christians shouldn’t ritualize, program, format, or otherwise try to cage Christ to fit our comfort zone and expectations.

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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