What is the Church Anyway?

I was talking with my wife after she got home from work yesterday, we were talking about our Church and Church family. We were saying to each other how we really miss meeting together and seeing all their beautiful faces.

What about you, do you miss your Church? Regardless what community you are living in, you are probable like the rest of us, obeying our government authorities and self distancing. I hope it ends soon! I love my church and I miss meeting together, especially my Sunday school class.

I will confess that I have taken it for granted!

What is the Church anyway?

The Church, the ekklēsia “the called out” Ekklesia comes from kaleō “to call,” and ek “out from.” The compound verb means “to call out from.”

Called out from what? The world.

Webster gives this following definition for the word church.

  1. a building for public Christian worship.
  2. a religious service in such a building.
  3. the world body of Christian believers; Christendom.

Tyndale bible dictionary defines it as a “group or assembly of persons called together for a particular purpose.” In the Septuagint (LXX) – Ekklesia = the “’gathering’ of Israel, summoned for any definite purpose, or a ‘gathering’ regarded as representative of the whole nation.” (Vine)

Today the word church means a lot of things, but to understand what the Church means to us, we need to look in the New Testament and the word of God.

Paul speaks of the Church as Christ’s body, look at Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 1:22–23, 4:12; 1 Corinthians 10:16–17 12:12–13 I don’t want to turn this into a really deep study, but the point I’m making is… the Church is an assembly of believers, the body of Christ, the beloved and the redeemed.

Because He (Jesus) said “I will build my church!” Matthew 16:18. Jesus said “no one will snatch them out of My hand” John 10:27-29

Hoekstra: The Lord Promised to Build His Church

I love how the apostle Paul addresses the church at Ephesus in Ephesians 1..

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus : Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:1-2 [Emphasis Mine]

Yes I do miss the building, I miss what it represents. Yes I want to get back to assembling together. William Barclay writes…

“In essence… the Church, the ekklesia, is a body of people, not so much assembling because they have chosen to come together, but assembling because God has called them to himself; not so much assembling to share their own thoughts, and opinions, but assembling to listen to the voice of God.”

William Barclay

But Mark this! The building is not the Church.

>>>>>>>We are!<<<<<<<

The called out ones, those who believe! Though we have not assembled together in weeks, make no mistake about it, the Church is alive and well! The parts are moving, your salt is flowing, your good deeds are showing!

And yes I still miss meeting together. The writer of Hebrews in chapter 10…

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He (Jesus Christ) who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Be a Salty Christian), 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25 [Emphasis Mine]

I don’t think I will take going to Church and meeting together for granted ever again!

… you want to know what do I think?

…that’s a beautiful thing!

Comments 3

  • This is indeed a very difficult time, but I believe God wastes nothing. He is teaching us even through this. I could not sleep last night and so began praying for the lost, my family and those who are struggling. I prayed for our leadership, Pastor Kurt and Pastor Dave, their families and their faith. I prayed for our Elders and their families.

    When I had finished I sooooo remembered my brothers and sisters in Christ, and especially my family in Sunday School. I do miss everyone, Lenny and Tim who have given of their time, and have shown such patience, especially with me. I miss everyone, their sharing and caring, and even the laughter. That is how family is. When this is over I pray I will never take our time together for granted!

  • Great Barclay quote and thanks for “encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near”, that you are doing.

    I also miss our gathering together to see and talk with our brothers and sisters in Christ in person, face to face. Imagine further the joy it will be to see again those who have gone home before us again too!

    Peace brother!

  • Thanks Wendy and Bill!

    That first Lord’s day back with the saints worshiping God and His word will be a beautiful thing! Soli Deo Gloria

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