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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Oct 8, 2017 at 6:22 PM   Viewed 2095 times     
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church [Ekklesian]; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church[Ekklesia]n and gave Himself up for her

Interlinear translations of the scriptures above and the meaning of the work "ekklesia" or "Ecclesia" follows:

Ecclesia (or Ekklesia) in Christian theology means both: a particular body of faithful people, and the whole body of the faithful. Latin ecclesia, from Greek ekklesia had an original meaning of "assembly, congregation, council", literally "convocation".

noun noun: convocation; plural noun: convocations

1. a large formal assembly of people.
North American
a formal ceremony at a college or university, as for the conferring of awards.
synonyms: assembly, gathering, meeting, conference, convention, congress, council, symposium, colloquium, conclave, synod
"a convocation of church leaders"
2. the action of calling people together for a large formal assembly.

Members of the ekklesia, the church, have been literally "called out" of the world (in Greek ekklesia is related to kaleo, "to call") in order to live free of its dictates and to belong fully, at every moment, to God and to one another.

Where did the name "church" come from? English is a Germanic language (it evolved from German). Here is the word "church's" origin. Today it is Kerche in German which means "belonging to the Lord". It's origin follows:

From Middle High German kirche, from Old High German chirihha, an early borrowing from Ancient Greek κυριακόν (kuriakón). Compare Dutch kerk, English church.

From Middle English chirche, from Old English ċiriċe (“church”), from Proto-Germanic *kirikǭ, an early borrowing of Ancient Greek κυριακόν (kuriakón), neuter form of κυριακός (kuriakós, “belonging to the lord”), from κύριος (kúrios, “ruler, lord”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱēw-, *ḱwā- (“to swell, spread out, be strong ...

So Church is this: It is not a building, not a denomination, not a pastorship ... but an assembly of people who have been called out that belong to the Lord.

I Have truly disliked all the inaccurate 'teachings' 'against' Church here on MC, so I thought I'd offer the actual definition for anyone who might consider why I might defend the Church. Despite the negativity and generalization about 'churches' (mostly online) today, I have joy to see the Church flourishing (the 'gathering' of His) in meeting the last prophecy to be fulfilled (the spreading of the Gospel to all).

Have you received your calling?

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.