Category Archives: discipleship

Make room for Jesus to

Make room for Jesus.Unblock His wayThen go and doWhatever He may say. When there’sNo room in the inn-Er partOf your heartFor the risen JesusTo reign as King and Lord,Any Christianity expressedIs only nominal. Sermons without discipleship produce a sentimental Christianity … Continue reading

Posted in Christian living, discipleship, How to be led by the Spirit, led by the Spirit, lifestyle Christianity, lifestyle evangelism | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Jesus Freak isn’t a “freak of nature” but of the supernatural

If you continually follow and obey the living Jesus with all your heart, society will see you as a freak. A Jesus Freak isn’t a freak of nature, but someone who is being radically transformed by the risen Jesus in … Continue reading

Posted in Christ followers, cost of discipleship, discipleship, Jesus freaks, Jesus Movement, radical Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sentimental religious aspiration or dedicated discipleship application?

When you resistThe inner riversOf the Holy Spirit,You can cause themTo be stuck, stymied,Stalled and stagnantInside you.Instead, prepare the wayFor the Lord’s riversSo they can freely flowIn and through you.(“Quench not the Spirit.”) Sermon-hearing oftenLeads to aspirationAn inner wishTo live … Continue reading

Posted in be doers of the word, discipleship, doubt, making disciples | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Discipleship goes beyond religious rules, methodology & theology

The only way a human can continually manifest the character of Jesus (the fruit of the Spirit) is by denying and dying to the desires and demands of sin and of self (the flesh) and instead, being continually led by … Continue reading

Posted in cost of discipleship, discipleship | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Beyond sermon-hearing to Spirit-hearing

Christ experienced is much more powerful than Christ explained. The “let the preacher do it” mentality has crippled contemporary Christianity. However, Jesus never said: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the preacher says.” (He said, “Let them hear what the … Continue reading

Posted in art of listening, Bible reading, body of Christ, church programs, cost of discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, disciple making, discipleship, Great Commission, homiletics, homily, how the body of Christ functions, how to be a disciple, listening, listening to God, preaching, spiritual growth, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Need a Christian, life coach?

My wife, Ernie Froedge Simms is a Christian coach. Most of her clients are women in their 20s-30s, who want to improve their relationship skills, and who need prayer and direction. She loves to work with any women who are … Continue reading

Posted in advice, Brentwood, coaches, cost of discipleship, dating, disciple making, discipleship, human relations, inner coach, making disciples, marriage, Nashville, prayer, prayers, self-help, self-improvement, spiritual relationships, Tennessee, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twitter lets anybody tweet. Could church do that?

Somehow the New Testament concept of the priesthood of all believers was turned into a religious audience of passive receivers. However, when a preacher does all the church talking, he is eventually surrounded by people who have nothing to say. … Continue reading

Posted in cost of discipleship, demonstration of the Spirit, disciple making, disciples, discipleship, ekklesia, God demonstrations, how to be a disciple, inner Light, make church ekklesia again, making disciples, simplicity, spiritual darkness, spiritual discernment, Uncategorized, who can preach | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exchanging the love of power for the power of love!

Religion is based on programmed meetings about God. Christianity is based on authentic experiences with the risen Jesus. The kingdom of God is about letting the living God be the leader, instead of human leadership. God’s order isn’t about human … Continue reading

Posted in behavior modification, Christ the Head of the church, Christian community, Christian leadership, Christian organizations, church leadership, community, control in church, Crazy Love, discipleship, Emmanuel, Head of the church, hierarchy, humility, leadership, love, mystery, organization, oxymoron, servant leadership, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cage free eggs or a cage free life?

Some people prefer cage free eggs more than a cage free life. If you’re stumbling over the past, you’re in a cage & going backwards. Life becomes a mess when we begin to say yes to the wrong impulses. When we ignore … Continue reading

Posted in Bible reading, comfort zone, cost of discipleship, discipleship, faith in action, faith in God, faith walk, it works if you work it, Jesus is the way, one day at a time, texting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Think outside yourself!

It ain’t over till you quit praying over it. Believe in God. Your self will let you down. Keep your eyes on the wise, not on the foolish. Let Jesus lead you from the mundane to the marvelous in your … Continue reading

Posted in comfort zone, dealing with disappointment, disciple making, discipleship, discipling, Holy Spirit, It ain't over till, Keep your eyes on, rivers of living water, sayings, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment