We see this clearly in Matthew, Several scholars have pointed to chapter 18 specifically where we find Jesus giving rules for the disciples' community, the ekklesia
In this new context it is neither Rome nor the present-day Catholic Church, after which all local churches are modeled, but the final ekklesia
of the faithful in the eschatological realm of God.
Matthew alone among the four Gospels uses the term ekklesia
(Matt 16:18; 18:17).
For that reason, the scriptural authors and the liturgical mysteries continue to call us out of the world to be ekklesia
so that our presence and our witness in the world will reveal the possibility of living life in Christ.
is at stake in the struggle for society, because it is there that the Spirit of God is struggling against the evil spirits to reconquer the world for God.
But, said Simon Barrow, who with Jonathan Bartley authored the Ekklesia
report that appeared April 20 in The Church of England Newspaper, "It is time that St.
Given the "dishonorable" work that lies in store for a church that takes the radical patronage of Luke-Acts seriously, the ekklesia
needs daily to be reminded of the power of God's grace (charis) to redeem human relations as well as the power of sin to corrupt them.
said its proposal would remove the "anomalous status" of the Church of England, and, at the same time, it would clarify the situation created by civil partnerships, which grant gay and lesbian couples rights similar to those in traditional marriages but does not grant comparable status.
Paul's standard term for this in Greek is ekklesia
, a term with a political association: it denotes the gathered citizens of a city as a legislative or judicial body.
It is similar to the word "church," ekklesia
, which, though it now usually denotes a building used for Christian worship, originally referred to the assembly of persons consecrated by baptism: the people are the church.
He is coauthor of the Ekklesia
Project pamphlet "Christian Worship and the Death Penalty.
Formed by leitourgia in our gathering as ekklesia
we then scatter to perform our "public work" as the church scattered in praise of the One God "before the gods" of the everyday world, as the psalmist sings.