What does “church” mean, continued:
The Bible’s use of ekklesia:
Universal spiritual group
- Hebrews 12:18-24
- See Colossians 1:15, 18 regarding use of the word “firstborn.”
- “Firstborn” in this passage in Hebrews is plural. This passage is talking about the group of people who are in a saved relationship with God.
- Matthew 16:13-20 – Jesus built His church on what Peter confessed – Jesus’ identity as the Christ. Compare Acts 2:44-47.
- The Bible uses the word ekklesia (church) to mean a group of saved people.
- The term “universal church”
- The word “catholic” just means “universal.”
- One single savior one single group of saved people (church)
Local spiritual group
- I Corinthians 1:2
- I Thessalonians 1:1
Local church assembly
- I Corinthians 14:4, 5, 12, 19, 23, 28, 33, 34, 35
Regional spiritual group
- Acts 9:31 – The textus receptus has ekklesia as plural. Some other manuscripts have the singular form here.
The Bible’s use of ekklesia compared to ours!
- Various examples of phrases we use to talk about the church.