Church criticism without church hurt

Some people assume that when I criticize church, I speak from church hurt but that’s not true. My views on church came from daily experiencing the reality, presence, and glory of the living Jesus, years before I ever experienced “church hurt.”

Faith isn’t a Jesus jersey for religious spectators to wear to Sunday games. It’s daily dependence on the risen Jesus. It’s not enough to hang Jesus’ artwork in your heart. Let Him live and work in there and do a complete remodel. The world today needs to see lab Christianity, not museum Christianity.

Non-church Christianity is growing. More and more Christ-followers are assembling together without the umbrella of a religious organization.

Christians need more than history lessons about Jesus — memories and stories about Him taught through lectures in a museum-like environment. We need the acute awareness of His actual presence that daily arrests our attention & awakens our heart to never-ending adoration of Him.

A church should be more than a nursing home for sinners and a museum for saints. A museum is a habitat for memories, but a church should create an environment for present day experiences with the risen Jesus. The purpose of remembering Jesus in the past is to motivate and empower us to continually experience Him in the present.\

If Jesus isn’t an active part of your daily life, a dab of Sunday religion won’t revolutionize your life. It’s frustrating to analyze the Bible, but when you internalize it and let it mingle with your heart, it’s lifechanging.

“Assembling yourselves together,” (Hebrews 10:25) is much more than being in the same room with other Christians while watching a religious program.

When Christians
Are trained
To freely verbalize
Their love for Jesus
They internalize
His presence
And awaken
To His reality!

You need to see Jesus
With spiritual eyes
Not just learn about Him
In a religious museum.

It's time to internalize
The risen Jesus
In the now!
It's not enough
To merely memorialize
What He did
In the past.

Look at Jesus
With eternal eyes
Open your heart
And internalize
His presence.

Church should be
A lab that actively demonstrates
The presence of Jesus,
Not merely a museum
That commemorates
His earthly 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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