Is church like bowling pins and gutter balls?

Are preachers throwing gutter balls? I just had an image come to my mind of bowling pins and gutter balls. The pins were neatly lined up and a man was rolling gutter balls so he wouldn’t disturb them. When God’s word is declared, it should disrupt us and reset us, not leave us unchanged and stuck in the same religious routine week after week.

True Christianity requires directly hearing God’s Spirit, not hand-me-down hearing through a preacher. Listen within, don’t depend on sermons. Institutional Christianity gathers spectators. The living Jesus fills, empowers, and releases witnesses who obey Him, testify to, and demonstrate His reality!

Spectator Christians are like stuck keys on a piano; no matter how much they’re tapped, they remain silent. When Christians gather as spectators, the Holy Spirit is hindered, but when they’re hungry and encouraged to freely interact with Jesus and one another, God’s glory shows up!

Jesus isn’t a religious institution. He’s the living Creator and Lord of all! Follow Him beyond church as usual to overwhelming peace, joy, and love!

It’s time to deinstitutionalize Christianity. Connect heart-to-heart with the risen Jesus and follow Him! Be daily led by God’s Spirit. Let’s drop the religious titles and just be brothers and sisters in Christ.

Troubles and trials are revelatory. They show us our frailty and cause us to deeply realize our great need for the power and presence of the living, resurrected Jesus. Trials motivate us to search our heart, to repent, to cry out for, and to cling to God’s mercy and help. When we are profoundly aware of our brokenness, we openly acknowledge our weaknesses and then Jesus steps into our inner abyss with His reality and strength.

Be Spirit-led
And Spirit-fed.
No longer live
As though you’re
Spiritually dead.
Let Jesus be
Your living Head
As you
Daily do
What He says.

A Christian whose
Heart and mind
Are entwined
With unkind
Thoughts and
Bad desires
Needs to repent,
And be realigned
To God’s inner light.

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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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