The Church VS The Ecclesia

A  Topical  Study

            The word "church" is used in our English Bibles for the Greek word "ecclesia" which simply means "assembly or congregation". In the context of every place the word "ecclesia" appears in the original Greek, it refers to those who belong to the family of God. It hasn't anything to do with Sunday mornings or public places of worship. As a matter of fact, the more you read what the Bible has to say about the purpose of our assembling together, you'll discover that most (if not all) of those purposes are left unfulfilled in today's public places of worship. So if the Greek word "ecclesia" means "assembly or congregation," then why doesn't our English Bibles just translate it that way? Where did the word "church" come from and what does it mean?





13 Minutes
July 23, 2010


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RECOMMENDED READING:
John 4:19-24

RECOMMENDED VIEWING:
The Christian Walk


SESSION NOTES
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Peter Confesses That Jesus Is The Christ; The Messiah; The Son Of The Living God. Matthew 16:13-16, 16:20 Mark 8:27-30 Luke 9:18-21
Upon Peter's Confession, Jesus Introduces The Ecclesia (Translated "Church" In Our English Bibles). Matthew 16:17-18 Hebrews 10:24-25
Flashback: When Jesus Was Asked About Where People Should Worship. John 4:19-24


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The Tradition VS The Word

A  Topical  Study

            When human beings take their man-made religious traditions and call them commandments of God, they're treading on dangerous ground. Jesus was mostly criticized not by secularists, atheists, or even the demon possessed, but rather the religious leaders who continually found themselves opposing him at every turn. They had taken Biblical principles and turned them into exaggerated, ceremonial, man-made traditions. This still happens today and unfortunately, people can get into the habit of blindly following religious ceremonies and traditions without ever stopping to consult God's Word and ask Him, "Why are we all doing this? What's the point?" Jesus said, "If you abide in My Word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."





14 Minutes
July 16, 2010


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SESSION NOTES
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Religious Leaders Complain To Jesus About His Disciples Not Washing Their Hands. Matthew 15:1-2 Mark 7:1-5
A Religious View Of Sin VS God's View Of Sin. Matthew 15:3-6 Mark 7:8-13
The Word Of Religion VS The Word Of God. Matthew 15:7-9 Mark 7:6-7
Jesus Redefines For The Religious Leaders What Makes A Man Unclean. Matthew 15:10-11 Mark 7:14-16
The Blind Leading The Blind: Jesus' Remedy For Escape. Matthew 15:12-14 John 8:31-32 Romans 12:2 Hebrews 4:12
Jesus Explains To His Disciples The Meaning Of What He Said To The Religious Leaders. Matthew 15:15-20 Mark 7:17-23


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