God’s Pourpose For The Church

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Sermon Notes

What defines the Church and those in the Church, the Congregation, the called-out ones, Assembly of Believers, Greek: Ekklesia, Fellowship, Community of Faith, members of the Way? Over the centuries, the word in English “church” used in translating the Greek “Ekklesia” transferred the visual from a group of people to a building, a place of meeting. To a large degree, this shift took the focus off the individual as the body of Believers that constituted a congregation to the idea that a building (complete with officials) was somewhat necessary to have a real Christian presence. To a public viewing from the outside, the components that make the flesh and bones, hearts and minds shifted to stone, brick, wood and officials.