The most ignored (and rebelled against) leader is the Holy Spirit.
Christians are trained to be audience members instead of teammates — hearers rather than doers. If we would turn groups of religious onlookers into troops of Spirit-led warriors, we’d see a great Christian awakening.
The perfect leader for the body of Christ is the risen Jesus. Rather than following Jesus, church seems to teach people to sit on the Sunday message. However, Christians are called to follow and obey the Holy Spirit, not to just sit in the “Everything’s OK Corral.” (Thinking back: My Boy Scout Troop didn’t just sit & listen to the Scout Master talk. We actively engaged in interactive activities.)
To follow Christ we must be willing to seek God’s truth and align with it, even when we’re uncomfortable doing so. If there’s something we don’t see, perhaps we’re unwilling to look at it. If you look where you want, you’ll see what you want to see. If you look where God tells you, you’ll see what He wants you to.
The Holy Spirit cannot be programmed, so why do we try? Why not just let Him take control? Spirit-led discipleship groups are extremely rare compared to preaching places. Fellowship isn’t one fellow running a Sunday religious ship, but a community of people led by the Spirit.
Government trusts ordinary people to decide jury trials but church doesn’t trust them to have anything to say on Sunday morning. If ordinary people are trusted to make decisions in a jury trial, why aren’t they trusted to freely speak out in church services? Perhaps church could unblock ordinary people and let them share on the Sunday morning timeline. #openmic
When people meet in Jesus’ name and open their hearts to one another, the risen Jesus begins to actively work in their presence. Sermons are promptly forgotten, but a direct touch from the living Jesus is remembered for a lifetime! Perhaps the point of preaching isn’t to create a permanent preaching place, but to prepare and propel people to hear and obey the living Jesus.
John the Baptist wanted to decrease so Christ could increase. Perhaps all church leaders are called to do that. People need to see Christians praising and exalting Jesus, instead of praising their favorite preacher.
Our experiences can tie us to unconscious bias, but letting the light of Christ continually shine in our heart will set us free.
The most accurate prediction for your future is what you think, say, do, listen to, & watch today. (Now that’s prophetic!)