Exciting insights about “church” (reading Ephesians 5 & 6 as written to a group, not just to an individual)

Ephesians 5 says that the assembly of Christ-followers (church) “submits to Christ” as “the head.” I believe that Christ wants to literally, personally head-up every Christian gathering by inwardly promopting individuals to say & do what He tells them to. However religious tradition has set church meetings up so that open, Spirit prompted sharing is almost universally not allowed in church meetings.

Also, Ephesians 5 states that a gathering of Christ-followers should be “glorious.” Colossians 1 says, “Christ in you (y’all) the hope of glory.” Put them together: For a Christian gathering to be glorious, Christ in the people must be released so that He can be seen through what they say and do (since He is “the hope of glory”). Therefore, if the people present are kept silent & immobile by tradition & authority, the hope of glory within the people is constrained and “quenched.”

Ephesians 5 says that Christ (not a preacher) feeds and cares for the assembly of His followers (church). It also says that Christ-followers are members of Christ’s body and that Christ and a group of His followers can function as “one flesh. It calls this “a profound mystery.” As Christ (the hope of glory) animates various ones of His followers in a meeting, by internally prompting them, they speak and act as a glorious puppet show with Christ as the literal puppeteer.

Ephesians 6 warns Christ-followers that they must be strong in God’s “power” (the inward flow of His energy, not their own strength) and stand against the devil’s (disruptive) schemes. It then gives the “full armor of God” that Christ-followers need in order to “stand firm:” truth (honesty and openness with one another), righteousness (right living), feet fitted with readiness (the willingness to step-out and obey Christ’s unprogrammed, inner promptings), the good news of peace (the absence of control, conflict, and strife), faith (trust and courage to quench the devil’s flaming arrows, which are tormenting inner thoughts that resist and/or distract from obeying Christ’s promptings), and praying in the Spirit (prayer that freely flows out of people’s hearts as they yield to the risen Jesus).

For more search for my book: Beyond Church: An Invitation to Experience 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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