Deinstutionalizing the faith

The New Testament’s about a supernatural movement led by the risen Jesus, not an institution. When Christianity is biblically and spiritually revitalized it tends to deinstitutionalize. Now is the time to deinstitutionalize — to invest more time in Spirit-led relationships than in religious meetings & institutions.

The Bible never limits the Good News of Jesus to sermons. It calls all Christ-followers to live it and share it everywhere. For early Christians, their faith wasn’t one of many compartments in their life. Following Jesus was their all-consuming passion.

True Christ-followers have no private life. Their entire life belongs to Jesus. Jesus wants to permeate every aspect of your daily life, not just be a religious compartment that you reserve for church.

Too many people treat their Christianity like a thumb drive. They only run when it’s convenient or culturally acceptable. The status quo doesn’t want you to go with the Holy Spirit’s flow. Flow with the Spirit anyway!

Spirit-led prayer is more powerful than politics. It’s motivated by love and surrender to God, not by competition and control.

Church requires nothing from people but attendance and money. Christ calls people to a lifestyle of surrender and obedience to Him. If sermons made people Christ-like, church would be full of people with godly character, holy lifestyles, and hearts overflowing with love.

It took centuries for all-consuming, early Christianity to change into church (a mere weekly attendance at a religious meeting). Many people like Jesus, but true Christianity calls us to live like Jesus by surrendering our will, heart, and obedience to Him. Old Jesus Freaks, now is the time to return to your original passion for Christ.

Go beyond the religious status quo. Dare to deinstitutionalize your faith! Instead of trying to figure out who you are, try getting to know who Jesus is and fall in love with Him! Search for: 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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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