Meet Ekklesia (and never be the same)

Church is a group of people meeting to  passively watch a religious program. Ekklesia is a Spirit-directed family gathering of Christ-followers.

ekklesia hand writing = a God-gathering.

Church tries to function as a 1-man team (which is an oxymoron). However, ekklesia makes every member of the body an active, involved team member.

When the body of Christ gathers as a team of many people actively speaking during the in the meeting as led by the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, a sense of awe fills them all.
(“Everyone was filled with awe.” –Acts 2:43) Been awed by the presence and power of God lately?

Church is a classroom lecture. Ekklesia is an army of passionate believers that meets, not to listen to 1 person talk, but to engage in spiritual warfare though many people sharing testimonies, Scriptures, prayers, short teachings, exhortations, etc., as they are led by the Holy Spirit.

Church runs in predictable routine. Ekklesia is a God-gathering that breaks out in burning words.

“There was a season in Catherine Booth‘s life, the wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth, where she visited different churches in her area ‘looking for burning words.’ Smith Wigglesworth had a similar experience where the Spirit kept telling him to come out of dead works and dead churches. He continued to move with God throughout his entire life. Think about these examples. The same thing is happening today. When pastors and church leaders fail to follow the plan of God some people leave . . . because they are not encountering God any more.” –Bert M. Farias

Let’s move beyond church and into ekklesia. Ekklesia will awe you!

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 co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We 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 called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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4 Responses to Meet Ekklesia (and never be the same)

  1. Amen! Thank you for bringing this to light!

  2. christinesimmons says:

    Sounds just like the early Quakers (George Fox, 1600s, England)

  3. On the thought of… The Holy “Spirit kept telling him to come out of dead works and dead churches”… a few years ago this similar thought was laid on my heart when seeking God’s guidance…”It is hard to fit a well rounded Spiritual life into a square holed church (group of people).” I have seen many a good Christian people who can not stand the group of people they are meeting with but only because that group was not seeking God and to Worship Him. I encouraged them to stay with the group in hopes that they would help that church (group of people) but there comes a time when you have to prayer, seek God’s will and see if He wants you to stay with that group of people or move on to another group of people (Church gathering).

    • Steve Simms says:

      I think the key is being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to direct you to where He wants you to worship. It may be the Spirit wants you to stay where you are. But, then again, maybe the Spirit is telling you “to come out of dead works and dead church.” The key is listening and obeying what God is telling us.

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