Church needs to be more than a religious tourist trap

Church should cultivate and empower life-long spiritual pilgrimage, not just be a Sunday morning religious tourist trap. When Christinas no longer gather just to hear a sermon but gather instead to allow each person present to have the opportunity to be a living sermon sent from Jesus, passivity will leave the building as Christ’s pilgrims rise up to demonstrate His presence by saying and doing whatever He tells them to.

For decades God has had me on a pilgrimage to go beyond Sunday morning programs and to gather with other believers in order to wait for God’s Spirit-prompted purposes for the gathering. When we begin to hear and respond to the Spirit speaking within us, the true Christian pilgrimage begins. (Search: Beyond Church Ekklesia.)

Like the child Samuel, say to God: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Then focus on aligning your thoughts, desires, and emotions with how He wants to communicate to your heart so that He makes His words burn within you and stirs up His gifts and His fruit in your daily life.

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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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