Originally Published: April 12, 2011
Traditionally we’ve used the word “Church” in a number of ways. For instance, we say “I went to church today…” or “We had church today.” Many of us grew up saying those very things. We’d use the word “church” to define either a physical building or any religious gathering. We still use the word in that way today.
However, using the word “church” in such a secular manner only dilutes its true meaning. The Church is not a building, nor is the Church a religious gathering. The Church is The Called Out Ones (Ekklesia) – “a called out people.”
Think about it, do you think that God would have given His only Son simply to be identified with a building, a song, a religious gathering or a program? Certainly not!! “For God so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The Church (Ekklesia) is One – One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism. In Acts 2:38-42, the apostles of Christ demonstrated how we are to enter into Christ’s Ekklesia and become apart of the Kingdom Of God. If you confess Yehowshua as the Son of YHVH, repent of sin and are baptized by submersion (Burial) into water in the name of Jesus Christ (Yehowshua Ha’Mashiach), according to holy Scripture, then you are added to the body of Christ – The Ekklesia.
John 4:24 teaches us that “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in Truth.” Therefore the Ekklesia is Spirit and Truth – not brick, mortar, clay, or wood. And in whomever God’s Holy Spirit resides, they are the Ekklesia.
Romans 12:5 declares that we “Ekklesia ” are one Body in Christ—many members, yet One Body.
Please see “The Way of Salvation” to discover how to become the CHURCH.