Church is a building, Christian organization, or Sunday religious service. What is ekklesia?

To use the same term to describe a religious building or organization that we use to describe the body of Christ is very confusing. They are not the same things. The body of Christ is the people who have received God’s mercy offered through Jesus and have made Him the ruler of their life. It’s not a building or organization. It’s not even a religious service about Jesus, that we call church.

The Greek New Testament calls it ekklesia. If we would use that term for the body of Christ, we wouldn’t have to work so hard to try to separate if from church buildings, church organizations, and church services.

Throughout history people (and governments) have tried to use Christianity or destroy it but few have submitted to Christ. Ekklesia goes beyond church and follows the living Jesus instead of a preacher or an institution.

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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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