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There are Churches, denominations and there is "The Church"


Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord."-Ephesians 2:20, 21

The word "ecclesia" is commonly used to refer to a regular gathering of individuals who desire to study the scriptures. No commitment of membership is required and no attendance is taken. The origin of this word comes from the Greek word "ekklesia" (literally, those called out) and is translated as "church" or "assembly". The meaning refers to a meeting, especially a religious congregation. Therefore, "ecclesia" is an assembly or congregation of God's people in the same context as the church or "ekklesia" at Ephesus.

As the theme text suggests, Jesus Christ is the foundation of the true church of God and all members conform to his example and instruction. Ephesians 5:23 says that "Christ is the head of the church." All ecclesias of God's people have Christ as the common head and are bonded in love.

The Ecclesia Arrangement

Jesus promised: Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matt. 18:20).

Certainly this is an encouragement to meet together with those of like faith and to organize "ecclesias." In recognizing His presence at such gatherings or meetings, the utmost care is taken to honor His presence with proper conduct and spiritual focus. Being with fellow brethren is a privilege and opportunity to please our Lord by leaving worldly concerns and distractions behind. Gathering together provides an opportunity for spiritual refreshing and reconfirmation of Christian focus. Truly the church class is as strangers and pilgrims on this earth and the ecclesia is a temporary oasis of spiritual refreshment while waiting for a heavenly country.

See (Heb 11:13 KJV)  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

Each member has a responsibility to embrace the privilege of an ecclesia arrangement and must recognize that every member has an effect on the overall spirit of the class. As the holy spirit develops the fruits and the gifts
  of the spirit in individuals, so these same fruits, gifts of the spirit are  reflected in the collective members of an assembly of God's chosen people.

Personal Growth

Personal spiritual development is uniquely interwoven with ecclesia experiences. Attending studies, participating in choosing leaders, supporting class activities, and serving in various ways stimulates Christian growth. Interrelating with the trials and joys of other members, making brethren's needs a sincere concern and an important part of daily prayer is vital for Christian development.

"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.-Colossians1:9

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."-James 5:16

The Loss Of Self

Intimacy with fellow brethren increases when self is removed and the true focal point is on the spiritual well being of a brother or sister because they have been made meet to be partakers of the "inheritance of the saints in light" (Col 1:12 KJV)  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

All Submission is voluntary and not enforced.

(1 Cor 16:15 KJV)  I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) 16  That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth. (Heb 13:17 KJV)  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not
with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

(1 Pet 5:4 KJV)  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he  may exalt you in due time: 7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth
for you.

The apostle Peter reminds us to love the brotherhood ((1 Pet 2:17 KJV) Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.. (Gal 6:10 KJV)  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.) and this concept carries with it the insistence to be attuned to others needs to the degree that self becomes not only unimportant, but actually non-existent in sacrifice and preference for fellow members of the body. By "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" ((Heb 10:25 KJV)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.) and actively participating as a member of such an arrangement proves a sincere appreciation for the privilege of meeting together.

"Speaking the truth in love, may {we} grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."-Ephesians 4:15, 16, 32

(1 John 2:15 KJV)  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Individual Maturity

Truly, the free grace received from God and the privilege of the high calling has a humbling effect. Sincere concern for the spiritual well being of others, and a determination to encourage them to be faithful to their calling reflects the maturity of the new creature; the selfish desires of the old man are replaced by true Christian love.

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."-Matthew
22:37, 39

The importance of the Bible in personal growth

(2 Tim 2:15 KJV)  Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(2 Tim 2:16 KJV)  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

The importance of  Prayer in personal growth

(James 5:14 KJV)  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

(James 5:16 KJV)  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

(1 Th 5:25 KJV)  Brethren, pray for us. 26  Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

(2 Th 3:1 KJV)  Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

(Heb 13:18 KJV)  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

Provoking Others

Paul encouraged the Hebrews to "draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having their hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and their bodies washed with pure water" (Heb. 10:22). Upon achieving this condition the consecrated member is in a position to consider others and to provoke unto love and good works (Heb. 10:24). A commitment to fellow brethren is required in order to assist them in their Christian walk.

Indeed, we are our brother's keeper (Gen. 4:9). By "keeping" our brother we guard him, protect him and attend to his needs. Listening, caring, and sharing in daily experiences in a nonjudgmental fashion and with an attitude of brotherly love is not only a privilege, but a responsibility to each ecclesia member. (Gal 2:9 KJV)  And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10  Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."-1 John 3:14, 16

Class Affairs

The new creature strongly desires to do all things pleasing in God's sight. (1 John 3:21 KJV)  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24  And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. ) He is sensitive and conscientious in behavior and attitude when dealing with class affairs. When the new creature is watching and praying for personal guidance within his own life and concentrated on obedience to God's law of love, spiritual maturity naturally turns outward and overflows into the lives of others. Through faithfulness and trust in God's promised grace the fruits and the gifts of of the Holy Spirit have a fertile heart  in which to develop and flourish.

Feature each member contributing his "fruits of the spirit" in an ecclesia setting as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit.. (Luke 11:13 KJV)  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  (Gal 5:22 KJV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,  longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,   (Eph 5:9 KJV)  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in  all goodness and
righteousness and truth;)

(1 Cor 12:28 KJV)  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts:

(Eph 4:11 KJV)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ:

(1 Cor 14:1 KJV)  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2  For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the
church.

The atmosphere is filled with the holy spirit and an awareness. even the miraculous maifestation of  of God's presence by His Spirit..

Here itis  the Unity of the spirit prevails and selfish desires are to be totally  absent.

"Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."-Philippians 2:2-5

Serving One Another

Love for the brethren reflects love for the Lord. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt.25:40) The assembling of brethren together provides a wonderful opportunity to serve one another and to provide spiritual gifts for one another. Encouraging, forgiving, and praying for brethren are means of truly supplying them with a "drink of water", lifting them up and refreshing them. Let us be cheerful, zealous and generous in giving spiritual gifts of helps as well.

"He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."-2 Corinthians 9:6, 7

"And whosoever shall give a drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall   in no wise lose his reward."-Matthew 10:42

Ecclesia Maturity

The Christian maturity of each ecclesia will vary depending on the maturity of the individual members. But, Christ is the ultimate goal both individually and collectively, and with the power of the holy spirit the fruits of the spirit are manifested-love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. (See Gal. 5:22) In recognizing the influence of the individual's role in the ecclesia, each member endeavors to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:3) Following in the footsteps of Jesus, all strive to keep the law of love and dwell together in unity. (Psa. 133:1)

Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

The Example At Antioch

As an example of an ecclesia organized under the teachings of the apostles, the following verses describe and reflect the Christian character of the brethren at Antioch: "Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. And it came to pass that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus ... that there should be great dearth throughout all the world . . . Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul."-Acts 11:23-30

Barnabas recognized the grace of God manifested amongst the believers at Antioch revealed by their faith and conduct. The cleansing and sanctifying power of the truth amongst these believers was quickly discerned, and Barnabas "was glad" for them.

This is a beautiful example of Christian development in a young assembly of brethren. They assembled together and studied the scriptures diligently. They were sensitive to the needs of their fellow brethren and were organized in such a fashion that agreement and action could be taken jointly. Their spirit of sweet sacrifice both spiritually and monetarily reflected in their decision to send aid to the church in Judaea. They chose leaders with much prayer and fasting and trusted according to God's will. The result of their obedience permitted them to serve the Lord by providing for His little ones. The example of the Christians at Antioch continues to serve as a stimulant to good works for the church class today.

Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.-Hebrews 10:24, 25

(John 13:35 KJV)  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

(John 12:25 KJV)  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

(1 John 2:9 KJV)  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

(1 John 2:11 KJV)  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and  walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

(1 John 3:15 KJV)  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

(1 John 4:20 KJV)  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Ecclesia Elections

Following the example of the early churches, each ecclesia has the privilege and responsibility to elect leaders the elders and also the deacons  to minister help to the poor  ..by stretching out the hand. (2 Cor. 8:19)

"For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee".-Titus 1:5

Among the brethren are usually found those who have leadership qualities either as an elder or deacon. They are humbly devoted and obedient to the Lord, and they are self-sacrificing. Their knowledge and understanding of the scriptures is doctrinally sound, and they have a sincere desire to serve their fellow brethren. Each should be totally willing to either be elected or not.

In electing servants of the class a serious responsibility falls upon each consecrated member. All candidates for office should be prayerfully considered, leaning upon the Lord's spirit of love and wisdom to make a final decision.

Once elders, deacons and other assigned roles are determined, the responsibility does not end. Even more important is to continue praying and fasting in support of the leaders. Preparing and participating in studies and other meetings, cooperating in activities, and assisting when possible, strengthens the class and permits the leaders to fulfill their responsibilities to the flock. Each member has an opportunity to be a blessing by contributing to the spiritual nourishment of all.

Liberty

As the new creature progresses in his Christian walk, he recognizes his failures, weaknesses and imperfection. An appreciation is developed for the heavenly Father's mercy and patience, and the provision of the robe of righteousness to cover fleshly weaknesses. In the humbleness of this reality, liberty for fellow brethren is achieved.

Each individual called is entitled to a personal walk with Christ. The necessary experiences to make his calling and election sure is unique. No one is capable of fully understanding the personal trials and experiences of each member, and only God knows their needs. Therefore, liberty and mercy toward fellow members must prevail!

"For the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."-- 2 Corinthians 3:17

"Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God."-1 Corinthians 7:24

"For the body is not one member, but many. . . . But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. There should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it."-1Corinthians 12:14, 18, 25, 26

"Be ye kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another."-Romans 12:10

Conventions

Each ecclesia is recognized as Christians bonded together in the faith, and each in turn is bonded to other ecclesias of like faith. Thus, as the theme text indicates, each class is "fitly framed together", growing unto the same  holy temple. Consecrated Christians gather in various ecclesias around the world. Continuing to this day is the blessing of uniting with members from other ecclesias in a convention setting to share the depth and beauty of the riches of God's plan, and participate in an even greater realization of the bond of love in one body, one faith. Praise the Lord!

"In all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling". -Ephesians 4:2-4

(11) Bear with one another's peculiarities of disposition, freely forgiving, learn to correct ourselves (2:13). The Lord's body is viewed arrayed in these qualities of heart, and love is the "girdle" which holds in place the folds of the robe of Christ's righteousness with its various graces. These graces are not matters of courtesy or policy. We will not be perfected in heart nor fit for the Kingdom until these graces of our will are bound by cords of love-for the Lord, righteousness, the brethren, and the world. We do the will of God by praying for knowledge and wisdom to know his will. Love is the spirit of the Lord. Let the peace of God rule in our hearts (Phil. 4:7) as the regulator of our hearts.

Beware also of the false brethren within us.

(2 Cor 11:25 KJV)  Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26  In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false  brethren;

(Gal 2:4 KJV)  And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5  To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

(Acts 20:29 KJV)  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with
tears.

(1 John 2:18 KJV)  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20  But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

(1 Tim 5:20 KJV)  Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 22   Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

(2 Tim 4:2 KJV)  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The role of the women in the meetings is to include..

(Titus 2:3 KJV)  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

(Titus 2:11 KJV)  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
 
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(Prov 4:4 KJV)  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
 
(John 12:48 KJV)  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
 
 
Do also see and read all of the devotional ON the Holy Spirit.
 
 

You will never find real peace, happiness, joy, rest till you lay down all, your body, soul, spirit  at the sacrifice altar to God.