Don’t just sit in church. Get up and obey God’s Spirit!

Jesus out of the church box so He can rule and reign in your heart. Take the risk to hear and do what His Spirit is saying. Begin to notice and obey His inner promptings throughout the day.

I propose a new motto for church services: DON’T JUST SIT THERE! GET UP AND OBEY GOD’S SPIRIT!

It takes courage to step out and obey a prompting from God’s Spirit. Be courageous! Church should be a gathering that encourages and welcomes Spirt-led risk taking instead of squelching it. I’ve always found spectator Christianity boring, but Spirit-led Christianity thrilling!

Human wisdom and religious lectures aren’t filling church attendees with glorious passion for Jesus. Perhaps it’s time to toss the program and let Jesus take the wheel!

God wants to ignite a widespread Spirit-led movement where people listen to Jesus and do what He says. Listen now right where you are. The Holy Spirit is beyond human control. His voice can be drowned out (quenched) but He can’t be programmed!

If you will gather with other believers and have a Spirit-led (unprogrammed) time of interacting with the living Jesus and with one another, you’ll experience His awe-filled presence and glory. A group of Christians can’t be led by the Spirit together unless they risk letting go of their agendas and programs.

Church programs are a fragile foundation for spiritual life, but the risen Jesus is the unshakable Rock! Sermons can never teach Christians to be Spirit-led because they teach people to be dependent on hearing a lecture instead of on hearing God’s “still small voice.”

You can’t be led by the Spirit in church unless you are willing to lose sight of the program. If you won’t risk being led by God’s Spirit, you’ll miss out on spiritual excitement, adventure, and miracles!

If going to church is the end of the road of your spiritual journey, you’re stuck in a religious rut. Follow Jesus beyond church! Search for: Beyond Church Ekklesia.

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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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