From HISChurch at Kealia, Friday Gathering
Looking forward to getting together this Friday Evening and talking story in the Holy Spirit.
“There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who love and obey HIM are members.”
The Biblical Approach to coming together for “church” (The work of the people) or Ecclesia (or Ekklesia) in Christian theology means both: a particular body of faithful people, and the whole body of the faithful. Latin ecclesia, from Greek ekklesia had an original meaning of “assembly, congregation, council”, literally “convocation”.
It is the concept of the round table where most can see each other and all have access to talking or sharing with each other. (A Forum) On the other hand the theater seating is for the one way experience of listening. And of course there should be Elders present to make sure that all that is being taught is GOD’s TRUTH and not fiction. But a “Round Table” can be both Powerful and Dangerous. So most established churches avoid the danger but may miss out on the power.
In 1 Cor.14:23-33 Apostle Paul gives a general overview of how “church” is supposed to work.
So the Early Church had 7 levels of experience as in the Tabernacle of Moses, but was not under the law but guided by the Holy Spirit. The approach was not a liturgy but a basic guide. First there was the testimony of the Saints as to their salvation like the sun coming through the Eastern gate of the Tabernacle of Moses in the morning. Remember Jesus said HE was the door to the sheep fold. Then there was the teachings of the Elders as the Altar, Rom.12. And then the Agape Meal. The laver in the Tabernacle was for cleaning and fellowship ( A time to share a meal, gain unity and restore fellowship if it had been broken.) Then the Lords Supper, 1 Cor.10. Then perhaps a break and then a time of prayer and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Body Life Ministry of praying for each other. And finally what ever needs or questions that were left would be addressed by the Elders. In the Early Church the Holy Spirit gave powerful signs as to the use of faith in the ministry of Christ Jesus as LORD.
And we can see this form in Acts 2: 41-47
And again in Acts 5:14-16