The world’s worst power outage

The power outage the Bible warns us about is powerless Christianity: People “having a form of godliness but denying its power.When love is organized, programmed, and put on a calendar it loses vitality. That’s what churches have done to Christianity.

When electricity touches a person there’s usually a noticeable reaction. The same thing happens when Jesus touches a human heart.

When a church meets
Without the touch
Of the living Jesus
It’s lasting impact
Won’t be much.

Is trending
In my heart
And in my mind
Every day.

Biblical Christianity
Is relational
And transformational,
Not organizational.
It’s built on genuine affection,
Heart-to-heart connection,
With the risen Jesus
And His disciples.

The more Christianity
Is organized
The more
It’s trivialized
Until dead.
But the more
It’s Spirit-led
The closer it is
To the risen Jesus
It’s living Head.

Christianity is much more
Than sitting in a church
And hearing a pastor
Present religious research
From his perch
In a pulpit.
It’s spiritual jolts
That cause
The heart to lurch
Forward toward
The living Jesus.

Revival (spiritual awakening) restores the faded heart-connection (the lost first love) between Jesus and His lukewarm followers. It transforms Christianity from an organizational duty to a burning passion of the heart!

If you are a Christ-follower, toss off all spiritual slumber. Rouse yourself. “Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you.” Today is the day to wake up and begin to live your life as directly and powerfully led by God’s Spirit!

If you don’t let God the Builder continually build your faith, it will gradually fade from fire into formalism. Church is too often like a spiritual retirement home where people passively settle in to be entertained by talks about the past.

The choice for a church service isn’t preacher control or chaos. It’s preacher control or Christ’s control.

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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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