Should church ditch the classroom model and put prayer back in church?

The classroom model
Of Christianity,
Based on teaching,
Study, and lectures
About religious topics,
Is far removed
From the relational model
Based on hearing,
Interacting with,
And obeying
The risen Jesus
In community
That is led by
And focused on
His continual presence.

Heart-connection requires spontaneity. It can’t be programmed. When church doesn’t allow spontaneity, it quenches heart-connection. When it meets without empowering people to connect heart-to-heart, it’s just a bunch of individuals passively listening to a sermon. Put Spirit-led prayer and testimonies and revelation and spontaneous Scripture quoting in church!

Christians aren’t supposed to be an audience! Perhaps it’s time for Christians to meet in such a way so as to create an environment where the supernatural presence and love of Jesus can be demonstrated among us. Classroom church has led us to the concept of “Christian radio” that plays worship music while letting announcers banter about meaningless trivia and goofy stuff.

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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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