The New Testament agape gathering called ekklesia

O that Christ’s people
Would regularly
Come together
In agape gatherings
And let God’s love
Freely flow from
Their innermost being
To pour out on Jesus
And on each another
Until the whole world
Says in astonishment,
“Look how they love
One another!”
(That’s ekklesia!)

On Monday morning
Sunday’s gone
And church has faded
From the rear-view mirror.
That’s the time to move
To the passenger seat
And let the living Jesus
Drive you to all
The destinations
That He has planned
For you during the week.

Any gathering that doesn’t lavishly overflow with God’s agape love falls far short of the New Testament ekklesia. Ekklesia sets Christianity free from religious organization and control! People who respond to sincere criticism of church with denial or defensiveness are on the wrong side of history’s Reformation.

Church isn’t the primary time or place to focus on Jesus. Daily life is! Throughout the day let the risen continually saturate your mind and your heart with His presence, power, and love. Let “Christ in you” gloriously surge in and through you in all you say and do.

To pastor is to train and empower people to follow and obey the alive Jesus with God’s agape love. It’s not about giving them lots of religious lectures.

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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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