The Other Side from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack expresses how I feel about ekklesia:
“Trade that typical
For something colorful
And if it’s crazy live a little crazy
You can play it sensible
A king of conventional
Or you can risk it all and see.
Don’t you wanna get away
From the strainful part you gotta play,
‘Cause I got what you need to come with me and take the ride
It’ll take you to the other side
‘Cause you can do like you do
Or you can do like me
Stay in the cage or you finally take the key.
Never Enough from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack expresses my prayer to the Lord about ekklesia:
“You set off a dream with me
Getting louder now
Can you hear it echoing?
Take my hand
Will you share this with me?”
From Now On from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack expresses what the vision of ekklesia has done in my heart:
“Let the promise in me start
Like an anthem in my heart
From now on.”
A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack explains why I’m always writing and talking about ekklesia:
“They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I’ve lost my mind
I don’t care, I don’t care, so call me crazy . . .
‘Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it’s gonna take.”
So what is ekklesia? Here are three quotes from Christopher W. Blackwell’s The Assembly that define ekklesia. It’s what Jesus said that He would build.
“Ekklesia is the term used for the assembly in Greek city-states…a meeting place where the citizens could speak their minds.”
“In the assembly (ekklesia) the herald repeats again and again the invitation, ‘Who wishes to address the assembly?’”
“The assembly (ekklesia)…required that each citizen have freedom to speak his mind. This freedom was vital to the proper functioning of the assembly.”
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