One of the main paradigm shifts
within this movement of simple churches is the belief that ordinary men and
women hear God. They can be
entrusted with the affairs of the Kingdom. It does not need specially trained people to manage the
church. The Holy Spirit is able to
run the church by speaking directly to His people. He will do a far better job of it than our
organizations and denominations ever can.
Within simple church, we like to
say that church is as simple as knowing God, hearing His voice and responding to what
He tells us. Jesus is head of His
church, and if we believe that we are to take this literally, it means that
both at an individual and at a corporate level, He desires to communicate with
us. It also presupposes that we
have the ability to recognize His voice when He is speaking to us.
Imagine the adventure of hearing God speak
and recognizing His voice. We
might hear Jesus say to us, “Go and sit down next to the person on the bench
and get chatting with him, He needs to hear from Me today.” Imagine a community of God’s people
that knows when God is communicating.
God might tell them to get involved in a certain apartment complex. He would tell them where their finances
were to be spent. They would know
what they were to do with their children during the times they meet together.
I know the photo accompanying this blog as "His Master's Voice." To me it says that God is speaking loudly and clearly. Are we listening?