Choose church or ekklesia (They’re not the same.)

When Christians lost the word ekklesia and replaced it with the word church, we lost much of what it means to be Christian. It’s vital that we rediscover that lost word:

How can Christians be Jesus’ ekklesia if we don’t know what it means? How can we let Jesus build us together as His called-out ones who assemble as Jesus’ city council to collectively hear His voice and then to say and or do what He tells us to, thus supernaturally demonstrating His presence and reality among us and to the world around us?

The word church has been confusing Christians for centuries. It causes people to think that Jesus is building a Christian worship building or a Christian worship service or a Christian denomination or nondenominational religious organization. The word church is actually a mistranslation of what the Greek NT quotes Jesus as saying, “I will build My ekklesia.” Ekklesia literally means called-out ones. It was also the proper name of the interactive, participatory city council in each Greek city state. It looked nothing like what we call church.)

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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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