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Small Worshipping Group

Household of FaithThe Christian church lost its household roots in the fourth century in the Constantine era, moving out of homes to become more focused on worship buildings as in the synagogue model. The New Testament Greek word for "church" is "ecclesia." It translates the Hebrew word "kahal" meaning "assembly." "Ecclesia" has two parts, "ek" meaning "out of," and "klesis" meaning "a calling." These combine to make the "Church" "an assembly called apart to the Lord."

Twenty First Century

ChurchIn the New Testament writings, "church" is invariably a local small worshipping group of Christians rather than a building. In New Testament terms, it is simply a group of people who are "called apart" to worship the Lord. The corporate Body of Christ though largely absent from the New Testament church still has a place in the organization of our church in the Twentieth First Century. By scaling back on the institution of the church, we will discover a new freshness and vigor in ministry.

"Corporate Body Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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