Rediscovering Jesus’ Town Hall Meeting (ekklesia)

Greek cities in the ancient world were governed by open Town Hall Meetings, where any citizen could speak, which they called “The Ekklesia.” When Jesus chose a name for a gathering of His people, He called it My Ekklesia (Jesus’ Town Hall Meeting).

The body of Christ needs to rediscover Jesus’ Town Hall Meeting. It’s a gathering where the living Jesus is free to demonstrate His reality through anyone present. God’s intent is that “now through the ekklesia (Jesus’ Town Hall Meeting) the manifold wisdom of God would be made known.” –Eph. 3:10.

Jesus wants His followers to be living stones that He can use to build His spiritual house–His Town Hall Meeting. –1 Peter 2:4-5. He is calling present day followers to be “built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.” –Eph. 2:22. Living stones need to be built together on the living Jesus, not on religious programs or organizations.

Christians need to depend on the only unshakable Rock–the living Jesus who is the Cornerstone which religious builders rejected. Jesus wants to demonstrate the kingdom of God by building His Town Hall meeting on that Rock through the supernatural revelation that He is the Messiah–the Christ, the Son of the Living God. –Mt. 16:16-20.

When we gather in Jesus’ Town Hall Meeting to wait for His direct revelation, He gives us the keys to demonstrate the kingdom of God–the government of the living Jesus. –Mt.16:19. Jesus’ Town Hall Meetings manifest the kingdom of God because, unlike the Greek ekklesia, they’re built on sharing Divine revelation, not on free speech.

The buildings where the Greek ekklesia met crumbled. However, Jesus assured His followers that the gates of Hell will not be able to overcome His ekklesia. It’s not a physical building made of stones, but an assembly of “living stones” brought together and led by the living Jesus, Himself.

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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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4 Responses to Rediscovering Jesus’ Town Hall Meeting (ekklesia)

  1. jenkinslarry says:

    Are you saying when we gather we receive new direct revelation from Christ, not the Scriptures?

  2. Donald McKay says:

    EKKLESIA was not coined by Jesus. Stephen (Acts 7:38) called God’s chosen people, “the church in the wilderness,” God’s EKKLESIA. Centuries before the Incarnation the LXX used the word many times. In Hebrews 11:40 God tells us that the OT saints began with Abel (11:4) and are made perfect together with us NT saints, God’s all-time EKKLESIA, “the church in earth and heaven” according to Charles Wesley in “Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing.”

    • Steve Simms says:

      Indeed. The ancient Greek word literally means “the called out ones.” It is also the proper name that the ancient Greeks gave to the Town Hall Meeting in their cities. The Greek translation of the Old Testament used the word to refer to gatherings of God’s people. Jesus chose that word for gatherings of His followers when He said, “I will build My ekklesia.

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