I can’t find the idea in Scripture that meetings of the body of Christ, need to be built around a sermon. If Christians spent more time reading the Bible with an open heart, we wouldn’t feel such a need to hear lectures about it.
Christians have been trained to depend on a man’s sermons and have been desensitized from hearing directly from the living Jesus. All sermons and no hands-on training is ineffective for making disciples. Jesus is eternal, but sermons aren’t supposed to be.
When people leave a lecture they tend to leave it behind. When they’ve heard a deeply, heart-felt testimony, it stays with them. I recently heard two men tell how they’ve been changed by the living Jesus. Their stories are still ringing in my soul!
There comes a time for Christians to go beyond listening to lectures about their faith and start doing it daily! Humble, heart-felt conversations about Christ have impacted me far more than sermons have.
Jesus doesn’t live in organizations. He lives in people who surrender their will to follow an d obey Him. Before Christianity turned into church, it was a movement led by the living, resurrected Jesus.