Ekklesia, church, religion

Sermon idea.

talk about the progression Ekklesia > church > religion

assembly of believers is the foundation (and this should always be remembered-keeping the main thing the main thing). (see also http://faith.drjimo.net/ekklesia/)

talk about the pros and cons of each (especially church, religion).

Jesus at 2 am has a good podcast Turning Theology into Church 03: Embracing Conflict, 1/27/15.

how deacons were appointed

Ekklesia

Ekklesia is used in the NT 115 times (actually only a few/couple times in the gospels, so mostly in the epistles). In the Tindale translation (1524) it was translated “congregation.” In the King James it was translated “church.” ’assembly’ is a good translation.

Very interesting word.  Various references below. According to the acu link below, it means called to assembly, but ‘called out,’ in the sense of being called to be different, is not accurate (but preachers may like to say that).

See http://www.hisholychurch.net/ekklesia.php

And

http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/ekklesia.html

Definition of “Ekklesia”

http://www.acu.edu/sponsored/restoration_quarterly/archives/1950s/vol_2_no_4_contents/ward.html