Steve of America’s Mountain Time, and one of our SimpleChurch Jesus Zoom Sunday gatherers, sent this helpful Merriam-Webster comment to me about the word church.
History and Etymology for church
Noun, Adjective, and Verb
Middle English chirche, from Old English cirice, ultimately from Late Greek kyriakon, from Greek, neuter of kyriakos of the lord, from kyrios lord…
Now that I know the English word “church” has Greek roots and means “of the Lord,” I like it more.
Albeit, the English word “church” is a replacement word. The New Testament Greek text for “church” is ekklēsía, which literally means—“called out” [ones].
Some believers call their Jesus gathering the ekklēsía. Others call it the gathering which in Greek is sunago the Greek root of synagogue. (Okay. Okay…I’ll stop! I like this stuff!)
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Church, pastor, bishop, deacon, minister, apostle, baptism, and other words are not direct translations from Greek to English, which is what translation is supposed to be. I didn’t used to give a hoot about this, but I have grown to understand there are many SYSTEMIC corruptions twisted into the household of faith and our Bibles are tweaked to make it appear godly.
Translators are VERY skilled people, but that doesn’t stop their flesh nature from leading them to be inaccurate to accomplish a desired purpose they have been deceived to think is godly but is sinful. There are many more places this is done to push ruling, titles, a pulpit version of preaching that is falsely reserved from men with Bible degrees, etc. Anyone can learn to understand the problem AND learn to help others be freed from this trap claimed to be a walk of faith.
Yes. Thank you, Tim!
We have the Holy Spirit as a gift to help us learn so that we have no need of a teacher. Instead, we are to grow up to teach one another with songs and hymns and spiritual songs. We are all competent to teach. The interactive community!
Since Pentecost Christian voyeurism has been and still is unacceptable.