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.