But, the Greek word is exactly the Ecclesia can also refer to the believers as a whole: “upon this rock I will build my ecclesia” (Mt. They were dethroning rulers in the a minister and support him; go to church every weekend; be nice to their This is the first qualification for all offices, a point liable to be overlooked in young ecclesias. can join us in the struggle to bring back the truth of the ecclesia. If we wanted any further elaboration they seem to be laid out more in the following verses. 15:9); “concerning Christ and the ecclesia” (Eph. When Jesus chose this word for the gathering of his believers he had a choice between the word ecclesia or synagogue. Q: Since all these forms of "church" seems to come from the Greek word "kuriakos," can you define it? But they did as the “saying was right in the eyes of all the people.”. They were to seek out among themselves “men of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.” Notice the apostles didn’t make the choice just like Moses. The word comes from two words: ek (‘out of’) and kale¯o (‘called’).  This side of the story is not mention in the 2 Samuel 6 record. neighbors? Demetrius, a craftsmen of idols in Ephesus, upset over his loss of business due to the preaching of Paul, incites an assembly (v.32, ecclesia) to banish Paul and the believers from Ephesus. They had come together and sat through what I believe must have been hours and hours of disputing (15:7) to come to a decision that “pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church” (15:22). If these teachers have not researched even the most basic milk of the word, and if they don't understand that words from the Bible are preferred over words from the Roman State, then how many other errors might they be wrong about? It provides us some valuable information on what the Jews considered to be an ecclesia according to the history of Israel. So qahal is an Old Testament word for ecclesia. 16:18 the involvement of the Lord Jesus in building his ecclesia is evident. Those who voluntarily support For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.”. Deuteronomy 4:10 records for us the very first time the word ecclesia is used as a noun. They were forming civil bodies that no longer looked to Caesar as their when it is supposed to be "ecclesia"! 11:20 KJV as "the Lord's" - referring to a meal. Christadelphians have been using the word “ecclesia” in place of church for a long time and for good reasons. We should not take the manner of this as a casual exchange. It is usually translated ‘church’ or ‘churches’. The first time the word ecclesia is used in the Acts is in chapter 2:47. Were they telling the people to find The Jews in Alexandria Egypt in the 3rd century BC translated the Hebrew Bible into the Greek and called it the Septuagint (abbr. There was a problem though. The Greek word ekkl¯esia is used to translate the Hebrew word, Ecclesia can also refer to the believers as a whole: “upon this rock I will build my ecclesia” (Mt. BASIC BIBLE PRINCIPLES THE ECCLESIA. The ecclesia and the promises In Hebrews 2:12 the writer quotes from Psalm 22:22. Stephen sees the Lord Jesus standing at God’s right hand (Acts 7:56). In the earlier Greek It was pronounced "ku-ri-a-kos" Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our ecclesias were the same? Please understand! of God through His anointed leaders. 2:20-22). 1:1).  In 15:5 they are called “certain of the sect of the Pharisees”. same as the other 112 entries where it was changed to "church" When Jesus and the Apostles quoted the Old Testament it is plainly evident that they were mostly using the Septuagint version but not all of the time. Here they are in the temple made with hands, most likely in Solomon’s porch (5:12). In Scotland, 1:1). “I persecuted the ecclesia of God” (1 Cor. Men who want to sincerely follow Christ In the Oxford Universal English Dictionary The Greek word "ecclesia" is correctly defined as: "The In a certain sense the word ‘congregation’ loses a certain amount of the essential meaning. It was a democracy with the slogan of “freedom and equality” for all its citizens. "I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of thier lives." The Jerusalem ecclesia upon hearing of these things (‘when though shalt hear’, Deut. (Act 15:25-27) “It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send (pempo) chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, (26) Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Hebrew equivalent is the word “qahal” which also means to summon but is most often translated as assembly or congregation. 15:9); “concerning Christ and the ecclesia” (Eph. This unity of mind would typify the ecclesia throughout the Acts (2:1, 46; 4:24; 5:12; 8:6; 15:25; cp. There is government of God's Spirit. This is a vision of the glorified Christ as he says in verse 18, "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.". We really have nothing else to compare as an ecclesial example then these two incidents in Acts… or do we? In Hebrews 2:12 the writer quotes from Psalm 22:22. If the whole were FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION This leaflet is produced by The Testimony Magazine, 26 Tiercel Avenue, Norwich NR7 8JN, to encourage personal and ecclesial study of Bible principles. It wouldn’t be that way next year. The “church" was thus invented, and continues the same to this day ... a fact that is carefully ignored by churchgoers. The ecclesia and the promises In Hebrews 2:12 the writer quotes from Psalm 22:22. The same Lord is over both and we seek to understand how they worked as an ecclesia that we might do the same. 4:4 – There is some ambiguity here and differences of opinion but most side with this being the total number of believers at this time rather than 5,000 being converted on this day. Other forms of the word found in the New Testament are: kuria: a female of authority; kuriotase: lordship; authority; kuros: confirmation, ratification; and the verb ekurieuo: to exercise authority over. “And Ezekias sent to all Israel and Juda, and wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasse, that they should come into the house of the Lord to Jerusalem, to keep the passover to the Lord God of Israel. He knew what was right. As the gospel was predicated on the Old Testament so would the function and organization of the ecclesia be modelled and take its principles from that which was established on Sinai. by the church). Their qualifications would principally require to be of a practical order. The actual “day of the ecclesia” that Moses relates is recorded in Exodus 19:1 as taking place in the third month. A synagogue was a congregation separate from the temple and never meant to replace it. -A regularly convoked assembly, especially the general assembly of Athenians. 3:6). So it first and foremost needed men who were of good reputation and wisdom among the ecclesia. that follow. Godly Tyndale, and other sixteenth-century It appears also in other forms. The word "election" has the same root as the word "ecclesia.".