The SHOUTING church piano

There’s so much untapped potential in the saints sitting silently in church. If we begin to unleash it, we’ll change the world like the first Christians did!

A church piano SHOUTS: “Every human key, get unstuck and begin to obey the touch of the Pianist, blending together to make His music!” Jesus wants to play all the piano keys in the body of Christ together, not to single out one key and silence the rest.

The world’s full of one-working-key pianos called churches. We need expressions of the body of Christ that let all the keys make music together. We need to let the living Jesus play His piano, His assembled body, when we gather in His name.

Limiting a church service to one speaker is like limiting a keyboard to one note, but one single demonstration of Jesus and His love is worth many thousands of religious explanations. Hearing lectures about a great pianist should never be a substitute for experiencing his music with an open heart. The same for lectures about Jesus!

If keys won’t respond to a pianist, there’s no music. If church attendees won’t respond to Jesus, His Spirit is quenched. When Christians won’t let the risen Jesus take direct control of a church meeting, it looks like we don’t really believe that He’s alive.

As Christians, we line up, side by side (like piano keys), but seldom let the living Jesus, the Great Pianist, prompt us to make His music together. The body parts in a meeting of Christ’s body have been reduced to nothing more than one speaker and many passive listeners.

It’s time to move beyond church services that only have one person who speaks. I believe that Jesus wants to play all the keys on His piano and not have them all keep quiet while one key dominates. One key can never play a melody. One person preaching can never reveal the body of Christ.

A church piano shows what Jesus wants to do. He wants to make beautiful music by prompting each person present with a gentle touch of His finger. Christians, it’s church piano time! Begin to come together like piano keys and let the living Jesus perform His concert thru His assembled body.

As Christians, we believe that Jesus is present when we gather in His name. It’s time that we make room on the church program for His presentation. If Christians meet to tell each other about their experiences with Jesus, they begin to experience Him again, together as a group.

When Christians won’t let the risen Jesus take direct control of a church meeting, it looks like we don’t believe He’s alive. Few church services give the living Jesus any room to actively maneuver, but instead set Him aside.

Institutional Christianity has organized and controlled so tightly that it has stifled experiential Christianity. The best presenter I’ve ever heard speak is the living Jesus. He goes straight for the heart. Jesus, when we gather as Your body, may we lay aside our programs and let You be our Head–our Director, our Conductor, our Pianist, and our Choreographer.

When Christians are assembled to all hear Jesus and each one do what He says, the body of Christ goes into action. Christianity is a journey. If we’re not daily going forward spiritually, grace is our boarding pass to take off with Jesus and obey His promptings.

The Lord is my pastor.
Jesus leads me.
He restores my soul
And makes me glad!

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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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