“Ekklesia (the Greek New Testament word that was replaced by the English word ‘church’) is a gathering of people called out of human effort, agendas, and control, so that they can freely open up to their spiritual gifts and use them to bless one another as the body of Christ.”
Followers or sitters? Ekklesias train people to hear, follow, and obey the living, resurrected Jesus. Churches train people to sit still, be quiet, and try not to fall asleep during sermons?
Ekklesias allow the Holy Spirit to be unconfined and to freely flow through anybody present. (See 1 Corinthians 12:7.) Churches tend to confine the Holy Spirit to speaking through only one man while the rest of the body passively watches.
This has created a problem that we are often unaware of. “The problem that we are facing in the church today is that we have so many Christians who have made a decision to believe in Jesus but not a commitment to follow Him.” ―Tyler Edwards,
A forest fire doesn’t just fire up one tree and leave the trees around it unignited. Neither does the Holy Spirit just fire up one clergyman and leave the people around Him unignited. When the Spirit came at Pentecost, God’s fire fell on all the Christ-followers present in the place. Isn’t it time for church meetings to look like Pentecost and the New Testament ekklesia?
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