“Ekklesia” is the Greek word used for “church” in Matthew 16:18. When Jesus said, “I will build my church––my Ekklesia––He was not talking about a building; He was talking about people––about YOU. And when 2 or 3 of you gather together, He comes to be in your midst. Listen to Ed Silvoso unpack key insights about the Ekklesia to reveal how significant you are in God’s plan to transform the world.
THE GENESIS OF THE EKKLESIA
During the New Testament days, there were 3 main institutions in Israel:
1. The Temple was where people met with representatives of God, the priests.
2. The Synagogue was where God’s people met with each other.
3. The Ekklesia was an assembly of people deputized by the emperor to introduce and implement the culture and laws of the empire.
EKKLESIA STARTS IN THE HOME
When we inject the leaven of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 13:33) into our homes, it spreads from the inside out like wildfire to every surrounding sphere of influence.
Watch the stories of how the principles of Ekklesia in the home were applied to see transformation in a school, city, and even a prison!
FROM THE HOME
TO EVERY SPHERE
EKKLESIA IN THE MARKETPLACE
CAN WORK BE SPIRITUAL?
Most of the heroes of the Bible spent a lot of their time doing what appears at first to be “secular.” For example, David was a shepherd, a warrior, and a king. Daniel served kings. Joseph was a prisoner and Pharaoh’s right-hand man.
If you have a passion for your gifts or craft, and are trying to reconcile work with worship, be encouraged! Your work can be the most spiritual act of worship you can offer to the Lord!
EKKLESIA IN EDUCATION
CAN A SCHOOL BECOME A CHURCH?
It may seem almost impossible to lead our children in public schools to Christ without being able to use a Bible or pray for them. However, when we truly believe He is the supreme ruler of the heavens and the earth and we call out to Him, He will take the case. What He’s listening for are our faith-filled, fervent prayers!
EKKLESIA IN THE GOVERNMENT
HOW DO WE PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT?
The key to seeing transformation in our government is found in combining Scriptural prayer with Spirit-led actions. Prayers alone won’t do it. Neither would actions without prayers that are Scripturally empowered. Both are needed in the same way that faith without works is dead. We need both prayer and action to see a shift in our government and salvation for our leaders!