A Gathering of Believers; Ekklesia
There are some excellent Biblical examples of this “ekklesia” concept with the beginnings of the early church found in the New Testament that clearly demonstrate and reinforce this “house church” gathering concept:
“This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house.” (Philemon 1:1-2)
“Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.” (Colossians 4:15)
“The churches here in the province of Asia send greetings in the Lord, as do Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church meetings.” (1 Corinthians 16:19)
“Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ.” (Romans 16:5)
Essential Elements of Church
Whatever ways, forms, or places believers gather or assemble together; we find some essential elements within the “church.” These essential or important elements were the practices and behaviors of the early believers as recorded in the book of Acts. These practices are still relevant today and should be found in every church. These essential elements will look different in different cultures and communities:
- Worship and Celebration
- Hearing and Obeying the Word of God (storytelling and dialogue)
- Confession of Sins to God and To One Another
- Practicing the Lord’s Supper
- Giving to God and others
- Fellowship (believers cooperating and spending time together)
We Would Love to Hear From You
The Holy Spirit’s presence in believers is vital and is the main contributor to the spiritual growth of the church, wherever and whatever form they gather or assemble. If you would like to share other important elements that you feel are essential elements of your “church”, please feel free to do so.
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