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.
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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