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Called Apart

SpiritThe word spirituality is often used nowadays. It may refer to any type of meaningful activity especially a "search for the sacred." "Spirituality" in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit, a concept closely tied to religious belief, the church and faith, a transcendent reality, and God. Spiritual matters are thus those matters regarding humankind's ultimate nature and purpose, "not only as material biological organisms, but as beings with a unique relationship to that which is beyond both time and the material world."

Good News

Scottish KirkThe New Testament Greek word for "church" is "ecclesia" and translates the Hebrew word, "kahal" meaning "assembly." So a church is fundamentally an assembly. The word "ecclesia" however has two parts, "ek" meaning "out of," and "klesis" meaning "a calling." These words combine to make "church" "an assembly called apart to the Lord." In New Testament writings, the church was invariably a small local worshiping group of Christians rather than a building. It was simply a number of people who are "called apart" to worship the Lord. The modern word "church" comes from the Scottish word "kirk" and from the Greek "kyriake."

Bring a Message

BibleThe other word connected to "church" is "evangelism" though the need for reaching out to others with Christian truth is seen by many as being unimportant and unnecessary today. The Greek word "evangelium" originally meant "a reward for good news given to a messenger." It was made up of "eu" which meant "good," and "angelium" which meant "I bring a good message." The word "angel" which often describes a servant of God sent out with a message was interestingly of the same root as the words "evangelism" and "good news." This latter term gave rise to the term "Gospel."

"Church Word Spirituality"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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