Embracing the biblical/Protestant concept of the priesthood of the believer

I have invented a new word for the priesthood of the believer — clergyall. Here’s another way to put it: Christian meetings are full of manysters, not just a single minister.

Jesus is alive and present when we meet in His name, so we can all listen to Him and then each one say and do what He leads us to. If we talk about Jesus like He’s not present and active in the room, we can cause people to miss out on hearing Him for themselves. I need to personally interact with, listen to, and obey Jesus for myself, not just hear talks about Him!

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and let Jesus live in and flow thru you! Do ministry in His name! Understanding the theological Jesus is good. Getting to know the experiential Jesus is even better! Letting Jesus live in you and touch people thru you is better still!

Christians say that Jesus is the way, but then church tends to encourage people to follow programs, preachers, churches, and even politicians. Christianity, without strong feelings for Christ and obedience to Him, is hollow.

When Christians meet to collectively surrender control to the risen Jesus and let Him speak thru anybody present, that’s the biblical ekklesia! Ekklesia is about empowering and releasing people to internalize Jesus and to demonstrate His presence.

There is only one body of Christ operating on the earth. If you’re a Christ-follower, you’re a member of it and called to an active, Spirit-led role in it.

Contemporary Christianity uses lots of titles, but we seem to neglect the most important ones like: “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords.” If Christians lifted up the name of Jesus as much as we lift up the names of preachers and religious celebrities, we’d see revival.

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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