Show me Jesus, don’t give me a show about Him!

A sermon,
Although you
May like to hear it,
Is no substitute
For walking
In the Spirit.

I balk
At hearing
Another talk
About Christianity.
I want to walk
In the Spirit.

Churches claim to be part of the body of Christ. If that’s so, they need to let the living Jesus take the literal role as the actual Head and leader of His body. On the organizational chart for the body of Christ every member is connected directly to the Head (not so for churches).

I want church to actually show me the presence of the risen Jesus. Instead, it just gives me a show about Him.

Programs and methods make Christians trust in programs and methods, instead of trusting in the living, resurrected Jesus. Rather than acting like “Christ in you” is “the hope of glory,” most Christians act like that’s just a theological myth.

Every time we program and run a Christian meeting, we’re proclaiming that we don’t believe that Jesus can lead it by Himself. A human-led meeting can’t teach people how to let Jesus lead a meeting. We learn that by actually letting Jesus lead us.

We don’t need experts in explaining Christianity. We need people who will actually listen to and humbly obey the risen Jesus. Theological explanations, without real life, heart-felt, Spirit-led demonstrations, accomplish little.

The function of New Testament “overseers” is to prevent God’s Spirit from being “quenched” in a meeting. However, if a meeting is programmed to quench (or ignore) the Spirit, overseers have no job. That’s why, in the traditional idea of church, the concept of overseers has been replaced by a one-man leader who controls and directs the meeting.

Preachers wear me out. They keep telling people what and how to do, over and over, and then send them home without letting them do it. When a preacher writes a sermon, he trusts his notes to help him deliver it. If he speaks from the heart, he has to trust in Jesus.

The Bible says to “wait on the Lord.” Instead, Christians are trained to passively sit and wait on a pastor to spoon feed them. If Jesus is actually living and working inside of you, focusing on and obeying Him is far more powerful than hearing a talk about Him.

Many Christians show more passion and enthusiasm for their favorite basketball team than they do for Jesus. What’s up with that?

How many
How-to talks
Does it take
Before Christians
Begin to
Meet to
Actually do
What they're
Being taught
How to do?
Whew!

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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