“Safe church” or an open mic?

Comedy clubs occasionally dare to have open mics. Perhaps churches should be so bold! An open mic in church trains people to speak up about their love for Jesus, more effectively than a sermon ever can. However, the Sunday morning microphone in church is one of the most rigidly controlled mics in the world.

Why should “the preacher” have all the good mic time? When a church gives a preacher their mic, they don’t get it back for years. However, when ordinary Christians are allowed to come to the mic as they are led by the Spirit, the Rock of Ages will speak thru them.

Perhaps a closed mic says that a church doesn’t really believe that God will speak thru anybody but the pastor. Maybe church has trained far too many Christians to believe that they have nothing at all to say about their faith.

“Safe church” that shields you from the awesome presence of the risen Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s conviction, isn’t “safe” for your soul! When the reality of the living Jesus is exchanged for a program and a talk, we miss out on His radical, life-transforming power.

I think Christians don’t want Spirit-led, open mic meetings, because they’re afraid their heart will be exposed. If any church wants to step out of the box and hold a Spirit-led, open mic meeting, I can help facilitate that. Some Christians think that a Spirit-led, open mic meeting would be “chaos,” but if the Spirit can’t keep order, who can?

Heaven will follow the Lamb on the Throne, the risen Jesus. So perhaps to get ready, we should follow Jesus in church meetings.

Discernment and spiritually mature oversight is important in an open mic meeting. For example, the devil speaks to you and accuses others of wrong, but God, thru your conscience, gently shows you your own wrongs. It’s vital to know the difference. Here’s another example: If you woke up angry, you disobeyed this: “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”

Sunday morning you hear a talk,
But if you won’t walk Christ’s walk
The rest of the week,
That talk is cheap!

When Isaiah encountered God, he said, “I am undone.” When Christians leave church, many want to say, “I’m glad that’s done.”

If religious rhetoric doesn’t light your spiritual candlestick, get to know the living Jesus. He’ll do the trick and fire you up!

A Christian leader is: honest, kind, respectful, trustworthy, compassionate, self-controlled, humble, and morally upstanding.

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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8 Responses to “Safe church” or an open mic?

  1. wvisher says:

    I think this is a great idea!

  2. wvisher says:

    Reblogged this on The William Tell and commented:
    I’ve never considered this before, but it seems like a really good idea. Thoughts?

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