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What is the Ecclesia?

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"since you are striving after spiritual gifts, seek to excel in them for building up the church" (1 Corinthians 14:12). Most Christian don’t know their own identity. They don’t know what the Ecclesia is. Ecclesia is usually translated as "church." What would you answer if I asked you, “Where do you go to church?” The question would not be strange at all. You would answer that you go to such and such church at a particular address. To most people, a church is a building that one goes to on Sundays. Or Saturdays if you are a Seventh-day Adventist. The Greek word for “church” is ekklesia , which is brought over into English as Ecclesia. And it does not mean a building. As the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica explains, ecclesia refers to a “gathering of those summoned.” Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words says the word literally means the “called out ones.” Ecclesia refers to an organism, not an organization. Ecclesia can refer to the local gathering o

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Jay N. Forrest is a Christian mystic in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. He is the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

Jay N. Forrest was an ordained Pentecostal minister for over two decades pastoring churches in Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennesse, and Arizona. He did his undergraduate work at Central Bible College and Global University, and he received his Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. He is a Certified Meditation Teacher and a full-time hospice chaplain.

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