Church is a one-man performance. Ekklesia is a Spirit-assembled mosaic.
The living, resurrected Jesus lives in people who surrender their lives to daily follow and obey Him. The Bible teaches that “In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” –Romans 12:5-6
In other words, it takes a mosaic of Christ-followers to fully reveal the living Jesus. “Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic in the end.” –Alice Paul
No one person can fully reveal the risen Jesus. Each Christ follower is “but a small shard in a great mosaic.” –Fred Cain
So why has the church for centuries ordained one man to be the all in all in a church service and required the rest of the members to sit still as passive spectators? Tradition? Fear? Control?
Igor Babailov said: “Painting is a mosaic of colors weaved into a seamless whole.” That is also a beautiful description of the body of Christ assembled for worship — what the Greek New Testament calls ekklesia. According to the biblical command in 1 Corinthians 14:26, when Christ-followers meet for worship: “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has . . .” something to share in the meeting.
When the Greek New Testament of example of ekklesia is followed, the results are always amazing. As each person shares as the Spirit prompts them, a beautiful revelation and demonstration of the presence of Christ unfolds in the meeting.
This is not just an idea or theory. It is a reality. At The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, we have been meeting this way for 8 years. If you are ever in town, come see for yourself on Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207. Also, check out my book about ekklesia, available on Amazon at this link: Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia.