Following Jesus as His ekklesia

By doing what Jesus says, we learn what He means. Hearing sermons can never substitute for daily obedience. If we’re not actively teaching people about what we’re learning by following Jesus, we will stunt our spiritual growth.

When we gather as Jesus’ body, what happens in the meeting should be His choice, not our choice or a pastor’s choice. Jesus said, “Don’t look back,” but people tend to look back to study Him in the past, more than trying to find Him in the present.

Until Jesus becomes a daily, present reality to you, we’re not yet experiencing biblical Christianity. The living Jesus wants to give us power to resist and overcome our false feelings, tormenting thoughts, and defective desires.

When we see people’s heart, we love them more deeply. Ekklesia allows Christ-followers to see each other’s heart. Ekklesia values every member of the body of Christ and believes in their ability to hear and share what the Spirit is saying. It allows us to test out and develop our spiritual wings in the safe environment of the gathered body of Christ. Ekklesia trains Christ-followers to actively pursue the living Jesus, not to sit passively and let someone else do it.

Ekklesia is a way the early Christians connected with the living Jesus and with one another. When an English Bible says “church” it causes people to think of modern churches, not about the way Christians met in the Bible as ekklesia.

Jesus isn’t a story,
Bible study subject
Or sermon topic.
He’s alive and present!

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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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