We are back with one of our most popular guests, Ed Silvoso, to talk about Ekklesia!
With everything that's happening in the headlines, and how important it is for us to pray with intellect over what's going on in the world, I'm looking at that and saying that the answer – in my heart – is the church. But I don't think anyone but Ed Silvoso has articulated with real specificity how the church has to change the wine skin for the new wine.
“New wine” is code language. It's the dog whistle for my crowd to think it's going to be time for a revival and party and I don't think that's what it means. I think it's new doctrine, or a new perspective with a new container.
You can build ekklesia in your own backyard. You may have a passion for something that God says will get you there start with the sphere that is near yes start with, for instance, people want to be residential and engaged. They want to go to the White House but won't go to a school board meeting.
With a sphere that is near, God will take you to the thing that is dear. See, this “new wine” model works because if you have two or three people gathered together – in one mind and one accord – the unity to your point wasn't for everybody. It was for his own ekklesia. He had those eleven faithful guys and he said you guys stay connected; don't let division happen because that was the organizing hub of the Apostolic movement!
The definition of Ekklesia: Ekklesia is a Greek word defined as “a called-out assembly or congregation.” Ekklesia is commonly translated as “church” in the New Testament.
For example, Acts 11:26 says that “Barnabas and Saul met with the church [ekklesia]” in Antioch. And in 1 Corinthians 15:9 Paul says that he had persecuted the church [ekklesia] of God.” The “called-out assembly,” then, is a congregation of believers whom God has called out of the world and “into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). The Greek ekklesia is the basis for our English words ecclesiastical (“pertaining to the church”) and ecclesiology (“the study of doctrine concerning the church”).
The word in the New Testament was also used to refer to any assembly of people. In his address to the Sanhedrin, Stephen calls the people of Israel “the assembly [ekklesia] in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38). And in Acts 19:39, ekklesia refers to a convening of citizens to discuss legal matters. However, in most contexts, the word ekklesia is used to refer to the people who comprise the New Testament church.
It is important that the church today understand the definition of ekklesia. The church needs to see itself as being “called out” by God. If the church wants to make a difference in the world, it must be different from the world. Salt is different from the food it flavors. God has called the church to be separate from sin (1 Peter 1:16), to embrace fellowship with other believers (Acts 2:42), and to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14). God has graciously called us unto Himself: “‘Come out from them and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you’” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
The above excerpt is from “What is the definition of ekklesia?”