The body of Christ & accountability

I’ve been blessed with amazing experiences. Every day I encounter something amazing.

Christianity should be a contemporary Jesus movement, not a religious monument where people are lectured about what Jesus did in the past. Christians are supposed to be experiencing God’s glory to an even greater degree than Moses did because Christ, the hope of glory, lives inside of us!

If Christianity is a relationship, not a religion, Christians should focus on interacting with Jesus more than on going to church. If a church will surrender continual and complete control to the living Jesus and actively train their members to do the same, God’s town hall meeting, Spirit-led ekklesia, will gloriously appear!

When mysticism was mystified and considered strange, Christians forgot how to hear and obey the living Jesus. On Pentecost, God sent His Spirit to live inside us, not a hierarchical religious organization to set us aside and make us passive spectators. Pentecost isn’t the birthday of a religious institution called church. It’s the day the Spirit came to personally lead and direct the body of Christ.

In the New Testament, the body of Christ is a Spirit-led interactive group accountable to the living Jesus, not a man-controlled audience. If you believe that God doesn’t hold you accountable for your words and actions, you’re ignoring His justice. The state is so inferior to the body of Christ that the two should never be connected!

God doesn’t offer approval
Of your sins.
He calls you to their removal.

If we want people to give us their attention, we must align our lifestyle with the risen Jesus. We must sincerely look at people and be open to connect with them humbly, heart-to-heart, otherwise any interaction we have with them is mere formality. Compassionate caring is costly.

You’re not accountable to other people’s desires and demands for your approval. You’re accountable to your conscience and to God. When people demand your approval, they demonstrate that they aren’t very secure in their beliefs and behaviors. Many people disapprove of me speaking in tongues throughout the day, but that doesn’t mean that they hate me.

If Christ in you
Is just a story,
You’re missing out
On God’s glory.

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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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