Welcome to ekklesia where:
* You “behold the Lamb of God” working in and through ordinary people, (John 1:29);
* “Christ in you” (everyday people) is “the hope of glory,” (Colossians 1:27);
* Jesus’ sheep hear His voice in and through regular people, (John 10:27);
* Normal people “cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard,” (Acts 4:20);
* “Each of you (ordinary people) has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation,” (1 Corinthians 14:26);
* Everyday people love, encourage, teach and admonish one another; (Colossians 3:16);
* There is no hierarchy, (Matthew 20:25-26);
* Rather than a human head controlling the meetings, the living, resurrected Jesus is the Head, (Ephesians 5:23).
* Jesus Christ is “the same, yesterday, today, and forever;” (Hebrews 13:6).
(Ekklesia is the word used in the Greek New Testament for the assembly that Jesus is building.)
Ekklesia lets God’s current flow . . .
–A piece of wire with no electrical current is boring, but plug it into the flow of electricity and the wire becomes alive with power!
–A religious gathering with no Holy Spirit current flowing through it is boring, but plug it into the flow of the Spirit and it becomes alive with power!
–The Holy Spirit flows from person to person as ordinary people are allowed to share from their heart what God has done in their life! However, if we don’t allow them to speak what the Spirit puts on their heart when we come together for worship, then we cause them to disobey this New Testament commandment: “Quench not the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
–“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” –Jesus (Luke 12:11-12)
–“But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.” (Acts 6:10)
–What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. (1 Corinthians 14:26)
–Experience these Bible verses in action in the 21st Century with us at The Salvation Army Berry Street every Sunday morning at 10:45 at 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207.