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Where Does Church Come From

Where does the word Church come from and what does it mean?

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Jesus said here Matt.16 v 18. Jesus Christ done His teaching, aft Jesus died, was buried, raised up from the grave the 3rd. day, later then raised & went up from the mount. The time came when Apostle Peter delivered The salvation of God according to Mark 16 v 16, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20 to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost. The early Church ( The body of of The One God Jesus name Church of The Living God believers ) & still pressing forward today.
---Lawrence on 8/5/10


Church in OT? I don't know.
God is One Being,3 Divine Persons. One meaning Unity and Love. Genesis has Trinity notions in Creation Story and visit to Abraham. They are back and forth from Singular to Plural. John 14, Jesus speaks of another Divine One. Remember,Philip asked to see the Father and it would be enough. Jesus tells him U are seeing Him but,he is wrong because another One is not yet knew. Jesus states Divine Person coming after He returns to His Father. 3 not just 1. A Mystery, but Reality.
---Nicole on 6/14/08


Church is founded by Jesus in Matthew 16:13-19, His own words. Jesus gives Authority and Purposes until He returns. The Letters after the Gospels continue with the Church concept. Notice, ONE CHURCH with multiple Churches as One. The Church is the Bride. Jesus is the BrideGroom. Seems to be copying the Trinity 'family-like'.
---Nicole on 6/14/08


.mike, Read the scriptures again, and again, and again, until you get it. Jesus IS God, the Father's house IS the Son's house IS the Holy Ghost's house: that is, One House, One Lord, the Lord God Jesus Christ Almighty.
---Eloy on 6/14/08


.mike, Read the scriptures again, and again, and again, until you get it. Jesus IS God, the Father's house IS the Son's house IS the Holy Ghost's house: that is, One House, One Lord, the Lord God Jesus Christ Almighty.
---Eloy on 6/14/08




.mike, Read the scriptures again, and again, and again, until you get it. Jesus IS God, the Father's house IS the Son's house IS the Holy Ghost's house: that is, One House, One Lord, the Lord God Jesus Christ Almighty.
---Eloy on 6/14/08


.mike, the Messiah is God, the Son is the Father, the son of David is the Lord of David, the Servant is the Master, the Lamb is the Shepherd. There are not 2 Gods: there is only 1 God, the blameless Lord God Jesus Christ, the Immortal King of kings and the Lord of lords, and of his Kingdom there is no end.
---Eloy on 6/14/08


.mike, do not be fixated on Jesus' Church, but instead be fixated on Jesus, the Lord of his church.
---Eloy on 6/14/08


mike, check out Daniel 2. The "rock cut out without hands" is the new kingdom of heaven that will be set up in the last days (of the ten toes) because it was taken away from Israel and the Jews as Jesus said in Matthew 21:43. Jesus never called His people a church, but He did call them ONE flock as in sheep. Trouble is, what was interperted by King James is what people now believe. Who gave him authority to do this?
---james on 6/14/08


Eloy God said My house will be built. Jesus said he will build his church. So like I asked before where do I find in the O.T. The messiah or God's Son saying they will build there own house or church ?
---mike on 6/13/08




Eloy God said My house will be built. Jesus said he will build his church. So like I asked before where do I find in the O.T. The messiah or God's Son saying they will build there own house or church ?
---mike on 6/13/08


mike, "The sceptre stands until Shiloh come, and up to him the gathering of the people. Therefore thus says the Lord YHWH, Note, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner, a sure foundation: he that believes will not make haste. Therefore thus says YHWH, I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house will be built in it, says YHWH of hosts, and a line will be stretched forward upon Jerusalem." Genesis 49:10+ Isaiah 28:16+ Zechariah 2:16. Please Read- Psalm 84.
---Eloy on 6/12/08


mike, "The sceptre stands until Shiloh come, and up to him the gathering of the people. Therefore thus says the Lord YHWH, Note, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner, a sure foundation: he that believes will not make haste. Therefore thus says YHWH, I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house will be built in it, says YHWH of hosts, and a line will be stretched forward upon Jerusalem." Genesis 49:10+ Isaiah 28:16+ Zechariah 2:16. Please Read- Psalm 84.
---Eloy on 6/12/08


Could somebody tell me where in the O.T. I can find where it was prophesied that the Messiah or God's Son would build his own church ?
---mike on 6/11/08


In the New Testament church is the translation of the Greek word "ecclesia", which literally means "assembly" or "called out". It means: Christs house, holy of holies, Christian house of prayer, place of Christ worship, holy sanctuary. The Church is Christs body made up of many members with Christ being our head: we are all one family and Christ Jesus being our perfect Papa whom we whole-heartedly worship and serve.
---Eloy on 6/11/08


"Bethel" was the 1st church set up by Jacob, recorded in Genesis 28:16-22. Church is our Papa's house of prayer. Its purpose is to worship and praise Christ, minister to the body, and fellowship with the saints. Its mission is to propagate the gospel, offer sanctuary and ministering, and make new converts of all people. Please Read- Genesis 28:16-22, Psalms100, 134, Lamentations 3:41, Matthew 5:23,24, 21:13-16, Luke 14:15-24, 24:51-53, Acts 2:36-47, 3:1-21, 13:5, I Corinthians 12:4-31, 14:26-40
---Eloy on 6/11/08


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Paul explains CHURCH in Ephesians 5 as the Body of Christ. Bone of His Bone and Flesh of His Flesh...His Bride..... Paul calls it a great MYSTERY, and it is the Mystery...Christ In You, the hope of GLORY Colossians 2,

The Church.....is HIDDEN with God IN CHRIST....Colossians 3:1-4.
---kathr4453 on 6/10/08


Since I wanted to know the answer to this question, my study led me to the words 'cirican', 'circe' 'cirice' and other origins for the word we get as 'circle'. Researchers state that this came from the circle of witches around the bon[bone]fire. They also agree that it was Paul who first used the word for his group of followers. It is interesting that in Rev.3, the words 'church'(Ekklesia), 'synagogue' and 'temple' are all used by John.
---james on 6/7/08


Church comes from Jesus Himself. Only He can start His Church. Plus, the Church has His protection until His returns for His Bride.
The Church is both Divine and Human.
Always under the Holy Spirit.
---Ncole on 6/6/08


Easton's Bible Dictionary Church Derived probably from the Greek kuriakon ( i.e., "the Lord's house"), which was used by ancient authors for the place of worship.

In the New Testament it is the translation of the Greek word ecclesia, which is synonymous with the Hebrew _kahal_ of the Old Testament, both words meaning simply an assembly, the character of which can only be known from the connection in which the word is found.

Some here seem to be making up definitions.
---Samuel on 6/6/08


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(Gk. ekklesia, "called out," ek "out" kaleo "to call"). It was started by Jesus Christ, On the day of Pentecost.
---Rev_Herb on 6/6/08


Interesting Trevor -
---Andrea on 9/8/07


Church is a transliteration and should never have been used to translate the word ekklesia (Tyndale Bible). When questions are ask the first thing pastors do is protect their doctrine, theology ,traditions. The Lord and Apostles were Questions all the time and were not offended.

The word church can be trace back to the circee Greek goddess buried in the agean sea facing the isle of patmos where John wrote the book of revelation.I marvel at our Lord Jesus to give us the name of the harlot (church).
---Trevor_Adderley on 9/8/07


(Gk. ekklesia, "called out," ek "out" kaleo "to call"). It was started by Jesus Christ, On the day of Pentecost.
---Rev_Herb on 4/16/07


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[5] the Latin word ecclesia and all of its similar spellings in the Romantic languages of Europe. For example, the Spanish Igglesia is basically (via Latin) a transliteration of the Greek 'ekklEsia'. Now, I hope you can see why I'd rather that we don't use the word 'church' to not only speak of our assembling together as Believers, but the Body of Christ.
---danie9374 on 9/18/06


[4] Because some of the things the Goths really liked to pillage were chalices, ornaments, etc. they found in kuriaka! The Angles and Saxons used the word cirican during their centuries of sacking Roman 'churches' in Gaul and Britain. So, there you have it: 'church' comes from a Greek word which was picked up by the Goths and much later used in our English Bibles to speak of more than just a building! Meanwhile, the PROPER Greek word for 'church' (ekklEsia) became... [cont.]
---danie9374 on 9/18/06


[3] In Greek, LORD is kurioV (kurios) and an adjective meaning _the Lord's_ or 'of the Lord' is kuriakon (kuriakon). By the time Constantine was dedicating Christian places of worship as kuriaka (plural of kuriakon), the word came to mean 'house of the Lord'. Though Ulphilas (who witnessed to Germanic tribes) used 'kuriakon' that way, why else did many Goths heading towards Rome know what 'church' meant?
---danie9374 on 9/18/06


[2] The word 'church' has had many forms during its long history in English and Germanic (or Teutonic) languages; some of which have been: ME. 'chirche', OE. 'circe' or 'cirice', WGer. 'kirika', MLG. 'kerke' and modern German's kirche; also old Norse 'kirkia' or 'kyrkja', Swedish 'kyrka', Danish 'kirke' and Finnish 'kirkko'. Related forms appear in Slavonic languages as well, such as Russian's cerkov'. But where and how did the Angles, Saxons, Goths, etc. acquire this basic word? [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 9/18/06


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[1] 'Church' as used by most people in the USA today seems to be returning to its original meaning: A word for the buildings where those who consider themselves members of Christ's Body assemble together after being 'called-out' from the world to serve Christ. The words congregation or assembly are actually far better translations of the Greek ekklhsia (ekklEsia) than 'church' (which English Bibles use in the majority of its occurrances).
---danie9374 on 9/18/06


and upon this rock I will build my church.
---tom2 on 8/17/06


In fact, the word ekklesia is much older.
In Athenian democracy, the Assembly of all the citizens was called the ekklesia. This was adopted for church use, as an assembly of all the believers
---mike8384 on 8/15/06


ekklesia, Greek 1577, Strongs

ekklesia, ek-klay-see'-ah; from a compound of Greek 1537 (ek) and a derivative of Greek 2564 (kaleo); a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both) :- assembly, church.
---notlaw99 on 8/14/06


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The English word is cognate of the German KIRCHE, which is realted to the Scottish word Kirk, which means assembly. (Compare with the Slavic TSERKOV.)
---Jack on 8/13/06


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