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Called Apart

SpiritThe word spirituality is often used nowadays. It may refer to any type of meaningful activity and 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." The word "ecclesia" 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 is invariably a small local worshiping group of Christians rather than a building. It is 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 today. The Greek word "evangelium" originally meant "a reward for good news given to a messenger." It was made up of "eu" meaning "good," and "angelium" meaning "I bring a good message." The word "angel" which often describes a servant of God sent out with a message is interestingly of the same root as the words "evangelism" and "good news." This latter term gives rise to the term "Gospel."

"Church Word Spirituality"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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