The heavenly city’s earthly gathering

For me, the city of God is now! The risen Jesus continually thrills me! I love being aware of Jesus’ presence with me throughout the day.

In ekklesia meetings Christians can interact as Spirit-led citizens of the city of God. Church offers people endless preaching and ongoing teaching but not much training on how to listen to and obey the living Jesus.

Fully embracing this little message from the prophet Haggai can wake up the body of Christ. “I am with you, declares the Lord.”

People who follow the invisible authority of “Christ in you” are often seen as rebels by people who think that spiritual authority comes from religious titles. That’s because they are living now in God’s heavenly city.

A forgotten word,
Can be rediscovered.
A lost concept
Can be uncovered.
People who’ve been
As hard as a rock
Can become living stones
And let the risen Jesus
Build them together as one.
Make church ekklesia again!

In church
We’re taught
What we ought
To do.
In ekklesia
We train
To let Jesus reign.

People act irrationally when they look to drugs and alcohol for emotional relief. Yet many of the same people will reject God because He can’t be proven by reasoning.

The rainbow is a call to humbly bow to God’s reign, not an invitation to chase the storm of our own desires. It’s an invitation to live on earth in God’s heavenly city.

Photo by George Becker on

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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