The living Jesus is a showstopper!

An incredible experience makes you want to tell people about it. Jesus gives me joy and incredible experiences! If the living Jesus has done something in your life, “shout it from the housetops.” Christians will be tense if they only talk about Jesus in the past tense.

The living Jesus should be the primary focus of Christians and get more of their attention than anybody else. Too often Jesus is presented as a nice story or a moral lesson, instead of encountered as present Reality.

Jesus First! That’s how it works. If anybody or anything else is on the throne, true Christianity’s gone. It’s dangerous to allow the ministry of a preacher to distract you from the present day ministry of the living Jesus.

Revival is when Christians stop the religious show and begin to let the reality of the living Jesus show thru their daily lives. When the living Jesus enters a church service, He’s a showstopper!

To limit preaching to a minister in church (or on TV) is to twist the Bible. (Many religious TV shows and webpages mention the name of a preacher more than Jesus.) Christians are called to proclaim Jesus, not just to hear talks about Him. Gathering to hear a weekly talk is no substitute for scattering to walk in obedience to the living Jesus. There’s no need to replace the living Jesus with a sermon, a preacher, or a program.

The Bible says to preach the Good News of Jesus. All Christians need to preach and demonstrate the reality of the risen Jesus. If you have nothing to say about the living Jesus, perhaps you’ve not experienced Him. If you feel compelled to talk about something more than Jesus, maybe you love it more.

Too often we get off the subject. Use your words to point to the living Jesus, not to put people down. Biblically, preaching isn’t about putting people down, but proclaiming Good News! Without Jesus-encounters of the direct kind, church is just ceremonial.

If you’ve experienced the presence and joy of the living Jesus, don’t keep it secret! The Good News of the living Jesus is infinitely too wonderful to be silent about.

A name on a tall building isn’t above every other name, but the name of Jesus is! Anything or anybody that Christians put above Jesus is a modern day idol.

Pastors want people to stay put and listen, but Jesus wandered as led by the Spirit and sent His followers out to preach. Jesus told His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach,” not, “Go to church.”

Separation between church and the living Jesus, causes us to rely on hierarchy and human performances. Christianity’s not about improving human nature, but about letting the risen Jesus daily live in and through you. There’s no copilot in Christianity. Jesus is the Pilot and His followers submit to Him.

Judea had systemic racism against the Samaritans, but Jesus broke the racial rules. The living Jesus isn’t tame. He can still turn over tables.

Try making the living Jesus the prime focus of your life. Learn to stream Him daily!

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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