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.