Equipped, for works, for service, build up the body of Christ.
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth:
Set up your kingdom in our midst.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God:
Have mercy on us sinners.
Holy Spirit, Breath of the Living God:
Renew us and all the world.
– N.T. Wright
Closely related to my 5 breath prayer and the Trinity +1 (Lord).
N.T. Wright (1948- ) is an English New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and Anglican bishop.
There are two (different) Greek root words here.
The one in the Bible (at least 115 times) is (so, this is the meaning of church in the Bible)
Ecclesia – The Greek word “ecclesia” is correctly defined as: “The called-out (ones)” [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how this word was used to indicate a civil body of select (called, elected) people.
Quoting from the Oxford Universal English Dictionary on the word “ecclesia”:
Ecclesia [mediaeval Latin, and Greek – from : SUMMONED] -A regularly convoked assembly, especially the general assembly of Athenians. Later, the regular word for church. assembly
When the greeks (romans?) wanted to make an announcement, they would call people out of their homes to the street. ecclesea.
The English word ‘church’ is a different Greek word.
“Church” comes from the Old English and German word pronounced “kirche.” In Scotland, it was “kirk.”
In the earlier Greek It was pronounced “ku-ri-a-kos” or “ku-ri-a-kon.” As you can see, this word doesn’t even resemble the Greek word “ecclesia” whose place it has usurped. The meaning of “Ku-ri-a-kos” is understood by its root: “Ku- ri-os,” which means “lord.” Thus, “kuriakos” (i.e., “church”) means “pertaining to the lord.” It refers to something that pertains to, or belongs to, a lord. The Greek “kuriakos” eventually came to be used in Old English form as “cirice” (Kee-ree-ke), then “churche” (kerke), and eventually “church” in its traditional pronunciation. A church, then, is correctly something that “pertains to, or belongs to, a lord.” Lord’s house.
An interesting quote from the 1915 “Gospel Advocate” (Pg 589) says:
“The word ‘Church’ is really not a translation of any word that was used by either Christ or His Apostles, but is the Anglican form of a different word which Roman Catholicism substituted in place of the word used by Christ and His Apostles… It is in our english scriptures by order of King James, who instructed his translators of 1611 not to translate the word “Ecclesia” by either ‘Congregation’ or ‘Assembly’ but to use the word ‘Church’ instead of a translation.”
http://www.aggressivechristianity.net/articles/ecclesia.htm (has a negative tone)
— Jim Olsen (@DrOlsen314) December 16, 2019
Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher
But what nature does not love and cannot perform, grace will accomplish, and make to thee a life of joy and glory.
near The end of chapter 16 in Andrew Murray’s abide in Christ 16th day for staking all for him
I just learned of, and very much enjoyed, *A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men* by William J. Locke. Librivox (wonderful audio reading) and Gutenberg (text).
Equipped, for works, for service, build up the body of Christ.
23 “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. 24 No one should seek his own good, but the good of the other person.
1 Corinthians 23-24 Holman Bible
We need to look to be helpful and build up. As more and more is being allowed in our society, more and more people need to make good decisions and good choices.
I am so glad I have been able to get to know, work along side, and become friends with this man. I’ve gone on 13 mission trips (and about as many ski trips) with Jim McClarey (in blue). Those who have gone on the mission trips know that being there with Jim is a joy and fulfilling.
This picture was taken on day one of our June 2017 mission trip to Virginia Beach, VA, to do hurricane relief. Here, Jim McClarey (and Patrick Lindsey, also a mission-trip veteran) are clearing brush. The overgrowth had poison ivy in it. (Hurricane Matthew, and associated flood, hit in October 2016. For people who have been stressed and distressed with everything from the water heater to electricity to repairing floors in the house, they might have let their yard get out of control.)
On a mission trip you never know what you are actually going to do. Jim jumps in no matter how difficult the task is, with a positive attitude. (I think it’s the second year in a row Jim has dealt with poison ivy. Last year, at Little Grassy, he helped clear a path at the church camp.)
Here is a before and an after picture from the Virginia Beach yard they were working on:
Jim McClarey is a servant leader in many, many ways. We, youth and adults, have learned much from him.
He has taught us:
Thank you Jim!
Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.
“The ministry of listening” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Nice piece by Michael Gerson on Christianity
“He [Jesus] was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix.”
God is forever on the side of those who suffer. God is forever on the side of life. God is forever on the side of hope.
If the resurrection is real, death’s hold is broken. There is a truth and human existence that cannot be contained in a tomb. It is possible to live lightly, even in the face of death — not by becoming hard and strong, but through a confident perseverance. Because cynicism is the failure of patience. Because Good Friday does not have the final word.
April 2017 – Go Where You Are Needed, (2 Parts)
After a while Christians have a tendency to hang around Christians.
7 barriers that make it hard for Christians to go to/reach out to/be with unbelievers
A Pharisee is one who forgets that he needs to grace of God
4 aspects of Mercy
Extension of healing and help
…from 3/22/17 Equipped with Chris Brooks (31 min. mark)
Every human has to deal with
The original sin that destorts us,
The actual Sin that tempts and distracts us, and
The indwelling sin that manipulates us.
May we have an awareness, as Jesus showed us, and shows us, of others and respond responsibly. My prayer is that God would give me that awareness and ability to respond in love.