The body of Christ doesn’t fit well in church

Church too often divides, waters down, and tames the body of Christ. If Peter had been a typical pastor, he would have preached a sermon to the people in the boat instead of walking on the water with Jesus.

The theology of Jesus’ resurrection without continually experiencing His presence is incomplete. Trying to be a Christian without daily following the living Jesus is like trying to see with your eyes closed.

If you say Jesus is alive but ignore Him most of the time, why should anyone believe you? The disciples let Jesus sleep until a storm rocked their boat. Hear God’s wake up call.

If we say that Jesus is alive, but don’t surrender control to Him, we don’t really believe what we say. When the body of Christ started meeting as church, it became programmed, systematized, and passive. We need to let the body of Christ be actively and directly led by its living Head–the risen Jesus.

Christians are lectured but seldom trained, preached at but rarely coached, given weekly talks but not much hands-on experience. You don’t run your body with a program, a curriculum, or by letting a committee make decisions for it. Why would Jesus run His that way?

The body of Christ belongs to the risen Jesus, not to a denomination, a preacher, a location, or a congregation. Unfortunately it is segregated in too many ways to mention–broken into unconnected churches that disagree with each other.

You go to the gym to work out your body, not to have it preached at. Maybe Jesus wants to work out His body and not have it preached at. I believe that the living Jesus wants to work out & train His body, the way a coach works out and trains his team.

The two greatest hindrances to letting Jesus actively lead a church meeting are human control and unbelief. Some people are churched yet spiritually homeless. Others are unchurched yet abiding in Christ. Christianity is about where you are in a relationship with the living Jesus, not about if you go to church.

The Bible is like my refrigerator. When I open it up and look inside, I see light. It shows me Christians who lived out of the religious box and inspires me to follow suit.

What matters least about
Meetings of the body of Christ
Is "location, location, location."
What matter's most
Is that Jesus is allowed
To control the gathering.
Photo by Paulo Mu00e1rcio Dos Santos on

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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2 Responses to The body of Christ doesn’t fit well in church

  1. Sonny says:

    “Abiding” in unity is the key to our fellowship. Many feel they must be at the set location, at a set time for God to come by say a few words and collect the tithe. “Count nickels and noses” The Holy Spirit is told what to do and when or completely left out. And some would make a circus of the service by playing with the children’s toys, while awesome gifts are for free to those that ask in Faith. The light in the image you posted is an example of how most get their Light, filtered over the shoulder of the person (pastor, reverend, guru, cult hero, Luther, Wesley, Calvin, Zwingli). Many are “Good” and we assume “Walking in the Light”. When we walk In the Light of Jesus and allow even the shadow of a good man, even a great theologian or teacher in the world’s eye to shade us. We walk in the darkness of that shadow and what ever errors that bears. We prefer “Homestyle, the kind Jesus loves to visit” sharing a simple Gospel without all the baggage of traditional models. We can divide over 100s of issues, what can we unite over? Acts 5:32, 1 John 3:23-24

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